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The Newsletter of Lasell College 

Spring 2005 



in this issue 


Message from the President 


New Trustees & Overseers 


Archive Expansion 



International Students 



Connected Learning 


Campus Update 


Alumni Affairs 



Bragdon II Campaign 



Annual Fund 


Lasell Village 




Class Notes 

Lasell Graduate Program Announces Certificate Options 

The Office of Graduate Admission at 
Lasell College is pleased to announce the 
addition of two new graduate certificates 
to its program offerings beginning this 
summer. Now, in addition to a Master 
of Science in Management degree with 
a concentration in one of the following 
areas — Elder Care Administration, Elder 
Care Marketing, Management and 
Marketing — students may choose 
to pursue a graduate certificate in 
Elder Care Administration or Marketing. 

The graduate certificate is composed of 
five three-credit courses that can be com- 
pleted within nine months to one year. 

Designed for the working professional 
who wants to advance their job scope 
or change careers, the certificate will 
also assist someone who has been 
away from the job force and is seeking 
re-entry into a career in marketing or 
working with the elderly. Qualified can- 
didates need to hold a bachelor's degree. 

Laseli's Master of Science in Management 
degree is designed to deliver an academ- 
ically-substantial yet career-focused 
management education. Working 
with faculty who are scholars and 
practitioners in their fields, students 
enhance their management skills while 

developing greater perspective in their 
chosen area of concentration. The 
curriculum is 36 credits and can be 
completed in one year of full-time study 
or part-time at the student's own pace. 
Students with a bachelor's degree in a 
relevant field may qualify to waive up 
to 15 credits. 

Courses are held in the early evening 
hours and typically meet once a week in 
a smart classroom where faculty and 
students benefit from the latest technol- 
ogy. Graduate faculty provide a dynamic 
learning environment that emphasizes 

putting theory to practice through guest 
speakers and field studies. 

Remaining committed to your academic 
and professional needs, Lasell is pleased 
to offer a 20 percent tuition discount to 
our alumni. An application for admis- 
sion and course listing for the summer 
session may be obtained by contacting 
the Office of Graduate Admission by 
phone at (617) 243-2400 or by e-mail 
at Lasell College 
employs a rolling admission policy for 
sessions beginning in September, 
January, May and July. « 

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Lasell College Radio is On the Air 

■ or 16 hours a day, from 7 a.m. until 
n p.m., the sounds of Lasell College 
Radio (LCR) can be heard over the 

Internet. The student-driven radio 
presence came online smoothly this 
fall thanks to a hard-working core that 
returned to campus in August in order 
to get LCR up and running. "It has been 
a good launch," smiles Communications 
Professor Brian Wardyga, who is in charge 
of the project. "People are listening." 

For all involved with getting LCR online, 
it has been the ultimate connected learn- 
ing experience. Students have been in 
on decisions about format, the branding 

of the station image, how to organize 
the business end (including promo- 
tions, production, programming, and 
sales), and how to apply for needed 
licenses to play copyrighted music. 

Students surveyed almost the entire 
campus to find out what type of 
programming the College population 
would enjoy most; the goal being to 
create fresh, original programming that 
is unique to Lasell. 

continued on page 5 

Valuing the Way Others Live 

International Students Share Diversity 

By Maha Al-shoaibi '05 

#%s air travel, technology, and height- 
ened communication succeed in 
shrinking our world; as globalization 
takes hold, and as different cultures 
impact the American way of life (and 
vice versa), lessons about diversity, 
tolerance, and valuing the way others 
live have true and lasting importance — 
especially when meted out in a personal, 
one-on-one basis, as frequently happens 
at Lasell. 

Lasell College, which currendy has 46 
international, full-time students enrolled 
representing 16 countries — Azerbaijan, 
Barbados, Belarus, China, Cote d'lvoire, 
France, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, 
Indonesia, Japan, Malawi, South Korea, 
Spain, Taiwan, and Venezuela — 
reflects a growing multiculturalism. 
Approximately 20 percent of Laseli's 
enrolled population is made up of 
minority students and four to five 
percent are international students. 

According to Dr. Jim Ostrow, Vice 
President for Academic Affairs, this 
diversity is essential to the overall learn- 
ing experience on campus. "Living in 
an increasingly global environment 
makes it important for any academic 
institution that takes itself seriously 
to have an international presence." 
(See story on page 4.) 

Message from the President 

I n this issue of Leaves, we take a special 
look at how students from other coun- 
tries, who come to Lasell, learn and 
redefine themselves as true citizens of 
the world. 

The featured story was researched and 
written by Maha Al-shoaibi '05, whose 
homeland is Saudi Arabia, and who, this 
semester, is completing an intensive on- 
campus internship in the Lasell Office of 
Communication. We offer it because we 
believe that inclusion, diversity, and the 
sharing of global and interracial perspec- 
tives provide mutual benefits for the 
health and well-being of both our 
American and international students. 

It is the dream for many young people 
throughout the world to come to the 
United States to study, learn, and earn 
a degree. 

Currently, we have 46 international 
students enrolled, representing 16 
countries, spanning Africa, Asia, and 
Europe. These students will, we hope, 
absorb our history and culture, applying 
their newfound skills and perspectives 

to help shape their worlds and promote 
tolerance for diverse points of view. 

Even though Lasell' s international popu- 
lation has stayed level for the last few 
years, the overall number of international 
students attending colleges and univer- 
sities in the United States has recently 
decreased by 2.4 percent according to 
Open Doors 2004, the annual report 
published by the Institute of 
International Education (HE). This 
represents the first drop since 1971-72, 
a decline attributed primarily to difficul- 
ties in obtaining student visas (especially 
in scientific and technical fields), as well 
as rising U.S. tuition costs and vigorous 
recruitment activities by other English- 
speaking nations. 

At Lasell we try to overcome a perceived 
American hostility toward foreign stu- 
dents by proactively engaging them in 

activities that emphasize inclusion, 
from orientation to highly interactive 
classes which foster open debate and 
participation in the International 
Student Association. We are supported 
in these efforts by Embassy CES, the 
on-campus English immersion school. 

We are proud to offer an environment 
rich with global and intercultural 
possibilities in which all our students 
can share differences while identifying 
and celebrating commonality. I thought 
you would like to know and invite 
your responses. 


Thomas E.J. de Witt, Ph.D. 

New Trustee and Overseers Elected 

Lasell College is pleased to welcome a 
new member to the Board of Trustees 
and two new members to the Board 
of Overseers. 

Board of Trustees 

Dr. Judith B. 
Wittenberg was the 
Associate Director 
for the New England 
Association of 
Schools and Colleges' 
Commission on 
Institutions of Higher Education 
(NEASC) from 1999-2003. Her respon- 
sibilities included training accreditation 
teams and team chairs, coordinating the 
Committee on Finance and Enrollments 
and Commission meetings, assisting 
colleges with candidacy and the self- 

study processes, and helping develop 
Commission policies. 

She served as Chair and Professor of 
English at Simmons College from 1996- 
1999. Prior to that she was Dean of the 
Undergraduate College at Simmons, 
overseeing faculty, a $10,000,000 budget, 
and the curriculum of undergraduate arts 
and sciences and professional programs. 

Dr. Wittenberg was the President 
and Founder of the William Faulkner 
Society and is on the Editorial 
Advisory Board of the Faulkner 
Journal. She currently sits on the 
board of the Davis Education Center. 
Dr. Wittenberg received her Ph.D. in 
English and American Literature 
from Brown University. 

Board of Overseers 

Susan Rinklin 
Dunne '82 contin- 
ued her education 
after Lasell at 
Lynchburg College 
in Virginia. 
Following her 
graduation, she worked for 10 years at 
Quantum Group, a recruitment firm in 
Manhattan. Married to James Dunne, a 
Senior Managing Principal of Sandler 
O'Neill & Partners in New York, the 
couple has three children. Susan is 
committed to Lasell and has been a 
leadership donor to the Annual Fund. 

Thelma Greenberg 
Florin '54 received 
her B.S. from 
Boston University 
and taught in the 
MA school system 
as well as at the Newstead School and 
Roosevelt Junior High School in New 
Jersey. An avid volunteer, Thelma is on 
the board of the American Jewish 
Committee, the Jewish Family Service, 
and the Jewish Community Center. She 
is also President of the Rachel Coalition, 
a non-sectarian organization for domes- 
tic violence. She and her husband, 
Richard, have hosted Lasell alumni 
events in New Jersey and Florida and 
were leadership donors to the 
Campaign for Bragdon. It 

Lawyer, Educator, and Affirmative Action Activist 

Anita Hill Will Be Commencement Speaker on Sunday, May 15, 2005 

Anita Hill, the author of Speaking 
Truth to Power, and professor at 
Brandeis University's Heller School 
for Social Policy and Management, will 
speak to alumni, students, family, and 
friends at the 150th Commencement 
Ceremony of Lasell College, on Sunday, 
May 15, 2005, at n a.m., on Taylor Field. 

In her rich and varied professional life, 
Professor Hill has worn many hats, from 
lawyer and educator to author and activist. 
Known for her eloquent and informative 
speaking engagements, she is the 

author of the 1997 book, "Speaking 
Truth to Power," a personal memoir 
describing her involvement in the 
Clarence Thomas hearings for confirma- 
tion to the United States Supreme Court. 

She was born in 1956, the youngest of 
13 children, and raised in the farming 
community of Okmulgee County, 
Oklahoma. "My childhood was one of a 
lot of hard work and not much money, 
but it was one of solid family affection," 
she said. 

She holds a Bachelor of Science 
degree. from Oklahoma State University 
and earned a law degree from Yale 
University. She had been a practicing 
lawyer with a Washington, D.C. firm 
before working for the Equal Employment 
Opportunities Commission and later 
as a law professor for the University 
of Oklahoma. She currently is Professor 
of Social Policy, Law, and Women's 
Studies at Brandeis University in 
Waltham, Massachusetts. « 

2 Lasell Leaves 

Spring 2005 

College Update 

Lasell Awaits Archive Expansion 

5 he may be diminutive in size, but 
Jean Michael Petersen '39 sure packs a 
punch when she puts her mind to 
something. Jean and her husband Clint 
just gave an extraordinary gift of 
$100,000 to expand the Lasell College 
Archives. Jean is passionate about the 
Archives and all of the amazing treas- 
ures housed there. She has devoted her 
time as a volunteer for almost two 
decades, helping to document 154 years 
of institutional history. 

For the majority of its existence, Lasell 
was the oldest two-year women's college 
in the country. As a result, the Lasell 
Archives receives requests from all over 

the world regarding information on or 
related to the education of women. 
Lasell has such a rich and treasured 
past, which is reflected in the depth and 
breadth of memorabilia, manuscripts 
and especially photographs currently 
housed in the tiny space on the third 
floor of Brennan Library. 

During the "Lasell 150: A Campaign to 
Celebrate Lasell's Sesquicentennial," the 
College received a Kresge Foundation 
challenge grant which helped with the 
renovation of the Winslow Academic 
Center. At that time, there were plans to 
expand the Archives, however, resources 
were depleted before that project was 

Jean Michael Petersen '39 and her husband, Clint, look forward eagerly to the expansion of 
the Lasell Archives (photo by RoseMary B. Fuss). 

complete. To the disappointment of 
many, that project had to be put on the 
back burner. But Jean Petersen never 
forgot about the plans. 

Jean met recendy with Thomas Koerber, 
director of facilities, to review the plans 
for the expansion. Jean's vision includes 
a bright, spacious area with natural light 
streaming through a skylight where visi- 
tors to the Archives can spread out and 
review the materials with which they are 
conducting research. 

The Winslow Archives was established in 
the late 1970s. Records, documents, man- 
uscripts, and picture albums have been 
collected from members of the Lasell 
community including alumni and neigh- 
bors. The Archives has accumulated 
records, ephemera, and photographs relat- 
ing to women's education and lifestyles 
since the mid-nineteenth century. 

The Archives has 314.5 linear feet 
of records and 118.5 cubic feet of 
ephemera. Highlights include a collec- 
tion by Elizabeth Gardner Bouguereau, 
who attended Lasell in the 1850s and 
gave her painting, "Judgment of Paris," 
to her alma mater in 1899, and some of 
the papers of William J. Rolfe, a 
Shakespearean editor who eventually 
became president of Emerson College. 
Other featured collections housed in 
the Winslow Archives include: class 
banners; early academic and enrollment 
records; Lasell student publications; 
Lasell College publications (Lasell Leaves, 
the Lamp yearbooks); photographs from 

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(L to R) Arlene Wishart Sylvester '38 
and Ruth Turner Crosby '42/H'g2 
researching photographs in the 
pre-renovated archives facility. 

1850's to the present; biographical 
records of trustees, select staff, and 
alumni; and paintings. Dr. Donald 
Winslow, son of Lasell's 7th president 
Guy Winslow, was the first archivist. 

So many institutions focus their energy 
on the future. Lasell is lucky to have an 
alumna who is committed to preserving 
the extraordinary past of her alma mater. 
Jean Michael Petersen and her husband 
Clint continue to support Lasell — and 
we thank you. Construction is scheduled 
to begin in the spring. We hope visitors 
to the campus will explore the new 
space when the expansion and renova- 
tion is complete. 

For more information on the Winslow 
Archives, contact Archivist Jessica 
Wysocki at or 

Spring 2005 

Lasell Leaves \ 

Special ISSlie International Students 

International Students Share Diversity 

Continued from page i 

An international mixture is surely a 
positive factor in any academic institu- 
tion, but it takes the involvement of all 
members of the academic institution to 
make it truly global. No one knows this 
challenge better than Kathleen O'Connor, 
vice president for Enrollment 
Management. "1 look at international 
students the same way I look at every 
student — each is unique and brings 
something from which we can learn." 

Dorothy Halsey, Lasell's principal 
designated school official for the 
Bureau of U.S. Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, works with all 
of Lasell's international students. "One 
of the main advantages to having interna- 
tional students here on campus is the 
diversity that allows us all to learn about 
different cultures." 

Indeed, learning at Lasell can be a 
rewarding two-way street where American 
students and international students gain 
equally from their interaction with 
each other. 

This story focuses on five international 
students at Lasell, who speak about their 
experiences in a foreign country — the 
U.S. — and the unique experiences they 
have enjoyed on a college campus. The 
five who agreed to be interviewed — 
though two asked not to be identified 
by their real names — are Cheruzgo, a 
junior communication major from the 
African country of Malawi; Nana, a 
junior in Legal Studies who is Chinese 
and lives in Japan, "Niki," a senior in 
Humanities who is from Japan, "John," a 
first-year student from the Mediterranean 

who wants to major in Mathematics, and 
Hyejin, a junior, from Korea, majoring 
in Hospitality Administration. 

Cheruzgo, a bright, open-minded 
student, came to the U.S. "to experi- 
ence a different way of life." Having 
also lived and traveled in China, South 
Africa, Kenya, Switzerland, Sierra 
Leone, England, and France, he has 

Nana '06 is Chinese but her family lives 
in Japan. 

seen many cultures. "I wanted to 
experience America the great.. .seep it 
in, absorb it, gather my own actual 
empirical experience and bring it back 
to my country." 

For many students, studying English 
is the main reason to attend college 
in America. 

According to Dorothy Halsey, the 
program at Embassy CES, the English 
immersion school located on the campus 

is "wonderful for international students 
as it allows time to transition and learn 
the English language." 

Academic pursuits are another reason 
many apply to schools in the United 
States. But out of all the schools in the 
United States, why do international 
students choose Lasell over other 
colleges and universities? 

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Cheruzgo '06 is from Malawi. 

"The main reason I chose Lasell was to 
be in a relatively small school. I was 
looking for individualized teaching and 
to make lasting friendships, as opposed 
to going to a large school where you 
might not be noticed. I also chose the 
Boston area because it is a huge cultural 
melting pot," said Cheruzgo. 

Despite living in a multicultural area 
with a rich history of immigration, 
students admit to experiencing cultural 
differences during their studies at Lasell. 

Nana, from Japan, speaks about a differ- 
ence that challenges her daily. "In Japan, 
a student would never talk in class. We 
just listen to the teacher's lecture and it 
is the teacher who moves from class to 
class, not the student. Also, in Japanese 
society if you express yourself too much, 
that would not be a good thing." 

"In Korea," says, Hyejin, "We would not 
call professors by their first names." 

Another Japanese student — we call her 
"Niki" because she was too shy to be 
quoted by name in this article — notes 
that, "In Japan, there is one culture and 
it is more concerned with the group 
rather than the individual." 

Hyejin, from Korea, also notices how 
the U.S. culture is much more individu- 
alistic than Asian society. "Korea is 
stricter. In Korea, I have to think about 
everyone in my family. Here it is differ- 
ent; people separate from their families 
and live alone. America is more 

"Niki" says there is a huge difference 
in how, in the United States, no one 
culture dominates. "It is made up of 
many different cultures." For "John," 
who preferred not to be quoted by name 
or nationality — the melting pot aura of 
the U.S. has made him feel right at 
home. "I don't feel I have a 'native' 
culture. I grew up in Greece, Germany, 
England and Holland. I think I took the 
best out of all cultures and formed my 
own ideology — similar to the U.S. — 
so being here suits me very well," he says. 

continued on page 5 

Notes From the Author 

Maha Al-shoaibi Takes On Her First Reporting Assignment 

Bonjour! Hola! 
Guten Tag! 
Marhaba! And 
thank you for 
reading my arti- 
cle. I am Maha 
Al-shoaibi '05 
on my first assignment as a reporter 
in the United States. First a story 
for Leaves at Lasell, and hopefully, 
next, a job as correspondent for 
Vogue from Jeddah! 

This piece was my first real-life 
experience as a reporter and 

hopefully you have enjoyed reading 
my article as much as I have enjoyed 
writing it. I was excited to have this first 
stepping-stone to my future career as 
a journalist. 

In writing this article I had to identify 
who would be appropriate to interview 
and approach and to interview not only 
students in my Lasell community but 
also College administrators. Like a 
business woman, I organized myself 
with meeting notes and arranged all of 
my appointments. It was challenging 
for me to manage the time (and the 
interviews!) efficiently. 

I sat down and had great talks with 
administrators about how they served 
this community in a wonderful way. 
It was also interesting to hear the stu- 
dents' point of view about Lasell and 
their opinions about American culture. 
I was interested to discover that I had 
the same reaction as the Japanese 
student, Nana, who noted how her cul- 
ture is more conservative and has more 
boundaries so that an individual would 
not feel free to fully express emotions 
and say whatever comes to mind. My 
Saudi culture and her Japanese culture 
share a respect for and honor of older 
people. It is amazing how we have 

things in common even though we 
come from such different back- 
grounds — I from the Middle East 
and she from the Far East. 

I learned how to interview formally 
and informally and discovered much 
about myself from this assignment. 
Subjects I have studied at Lasell for 
four years — from journalism and 
effective speaking, to verbal and 
non-verbal communication, media 
and society — have strengthened 
my ability to practice and develop 
skills in this, a real assignment. * 

Lasell Leaves 

Spring 2005 

Special ISSlie International Students 


Continued from page 4 

Cheruzgo concurs. "In Malawi, I feel 
a need to protect my image, but here I 
can be free. There is a lot more freedom 
here as my family can have a great 
influence on me back home. I keep my 
own values but incorporate what I learn 
from other cultures wherever I go." 

Students from Asia tend to be quieter 
and more sensitive to the noise that often 
can be a dominant factor in residence 
halls on an American college campus. 

And, "People need to educate them- 
selves in terms of geography," "John" 
offers. Cheruzgo echoes, "If you don't 
know your geography in a globalizing 
world, you're stuck!" 

"Americans interrupt a lot. To listen is 
our way; it doesn't mean we don't have 
our own ideas," says one of the 
Japanese interviewees. 

Hyejin '06 is from Korea. 

"If anyone asks, I would say that in 
Malawi, family values are really important. 
The family bond never breaks up. In the 
U.S., kids might divorce themselves 
from their parents. In my culture that 
would be crazy!" says Cheruzgo. 

Despite the inevitable difficulties of 
sharing and participating in another 
culture, there are many advantages to 

studying in the United States. "In 
Korea, it is all about the result, not the 
process. The score is only important, 
not how you achieved it. In America, 
they care about the process of my 
studies and that I studied hard. I like 
that," said Hyejin. 

For "John," "It is an advantage to be here 
alone because it makes me stronger." 

Admission's Jim Tweed admires interna- 
tional students for their efforts. "It takes 
courage for international students to 
pack up their lives, come overseas, and 
spend four or five years in the United 
States," he says, "and there is no doubt 
that the college benefits from the multi- 
cultural campus by celebrating diversity, 
not shying away from it. A community 
should embrace difference." 

Many of the students realize how much 
they will miss their American friends at 
Lasell once they have to return to their 
homes abroad. "The professors gave me 

a lot of attention; they care about me 
here. I will miss the freedom to express 

myself," says Hyejin. 

"I will miss that when people go to a 
game they talk to each other even 
though they do not know each other!" 
Nana explains. 

With great enthusiasm, Cheruzgo 
exclaims that he will miss "Speaking 
English! I wasn't confident to speak in a 
big crowd and now I do all the time. It 
is the fourth language I have learned 
and nothing feels better than really 
knowing a language." 

"I would recommend that people come 
here with an open mind to have experi- 
ences that they could not have in their 
own country," says "Niki." 

"My only advice would be to study 
hard, but not all the time. Try and 
get close to Americans if you can," 
Hyejin advises, 'm 

Lasell College Radio is on the Air 

Continued from page 1 

(L to R) Professor Brian Wardyga reviews the use of new equipment with Courtney 
Dinsmore 'oj, Billy Cipriano '06 (seated), Chris Goguen 'oj, and Tahatha Torres 'oj. 

Por 16 hours a day, from 7 a.m. until 
11 p.m., the sounds of Lasell College 
Radio (LCR) can be heard over the 
Internet. The student-driven radio 
presence came online smoothly this 
fall thanks to a hard-working core that 
returned to campus in August in order 
to get LCR up and running. "It has been 
a good launch," smiles 
Communications Professor Brian 
Wardyga, who is in charge of the project. 
"People are listening." 

For all involved with getting LCR online, 
it has been the ultimate connected learn- 
ing experience. Students have been in 
on decisions about format, the branding 
of the station image, how to organize 
the business end (including promo- 

tions, production, programming, and 
sales), and how to apply for needed 
licenses to play copyrighted music. 

Students surveyed almost the entire 
campus to find out what type of 
programming the College population 
would enjoy most; the goal being to 
create fresh, original programming that 
is unique to Lasell. 

Disk jockeys supply their own CDs, 
make public service announcements 
and station identifications, and, in the 
future, are planning to invite guests to 
join in on-air discussions. 

"In the beginning we were always 
learning something new," says Troy 

Wall '05. "The equipment is awesome 
and as it arrived we had to find out 
how to use it." 

This fall Troy hosted an LCR show with 
Shana Urban '07 called "Buffet." "We 
did a medley of pretty much what we 
were feeling," he recalls. 

Chris Goguen '07 has also been very 
active in getting LCR going. "I've always 

wanted to see Lasell have a station and I 
wanted to be part of it. I was willing to 
get as many signatures as were needed 
and broadcast from a hole in the wall, 
but it turned out this wasn't necessary. I 
was delighted when I found that the 
College had beaten me to the punch." 

Chris is both a disk jockey and the sta- 

Student Wins Contest 

LCR Logo Created 

"I didn't think I had a chance," exclaims Sylvie 
Norian '06, who was one of 16 contestants in 
the competition held for LCR's logo. A Graphic 
Design major, Sylvie saw the contest advertised 
on Professor Brian Wardyga's door and thought 
it would be a fun challenge. 

"I came up with two versions. I was hopeful, but 
I didn't want to count on anything," Sylvie recalls. 
"To appeal to youth, my winning logo has a dark background representing 
a club scene. I used basic shapes to create a deejay spinning a turntable 
and had fun manipulating the lettering." 

Sylvie's design has already appeared on an LCR bumper sticker and 
will be used for future promotional items. 

As the winner, Sylvie will have a five page web site created for 
her. "I'm looking forward to developing this site and tailoring it 
to my personal style. Creating an identity for LCR has been a great 
learning experience." 

Spring 2005 

Lasell Leaves "\ 

Connected Learning 

Class Dedicated to Leadership 

Honors Class Teaches Session on Learning Disabilities 

(L to R) Erin Crotty 'oy and Courtney Dinsmore 'oy watch while Professor Sharyn 
Lowenstein and Angelica Adams 'oy concentrate as they sign their names using mirror boxes. 

I am so proud of my sophomore 
Honors section," exclaims Director 
of the Center for Community-Based 
Learning Sharyn Lowenstein. "These 
nine sophomores were in myLeadership 
seminar all fall semester and as a team 
they rose to every occasion and surpassed 
all my expectations. This was particularly 
true when we went to the Spaulding 
Memorial School in Newton to interact 
with and teach approximately 75 fourth 
graders about learning disabilities." 

To prepare for their day at Spaulding, 
the students met with Jan Spiro, Project 
Director for "Understanding our 
Differences," a program that began 25 
years ago. "The founders of this curricu- 
lum were parents of children in public 
school who were very forward thinking. 

They wanted to make sure that children 
learn how to act with and include people 
with all types of disabilities," explains Jan. 

The section on learning disabilities is 
the third unit of "Understanding Our 
Differences." The Spaulding fourth 
graders had already participated in the 
sections on deafness and blindness. 

"What we want children to understand 
is that we can't all do things easily," says 
Jan, "but it's important to include every- 
one. We all learn differently and have 
our own strengths and challenges. What 
is key, is to develop strategies that help 
us deal with situations." 

During the training session with Jan, 
the Lasell students were introduced to 

the activities they would be teaching. 
Besides providing an interactive intro- 
duction, perhaps the most challenging 
activity was writing on a blackboard by 
looking only at a mirror, thus artificially 
setting up an experience in which there 
is a breakdown in communication 
between the eye and the hand. Suddenly 
an every day task, writing one's name, 
became difficult. 

Since none of the students were Education 
majors, learning how to run a class and 
teach fourth graders was new to every- 
one. "We all received syllabi, but as far 
as leading the activities, we wondered if 
we were equipped," says Katie 
Gryckiewicz '07. 

Cynthia Chou 'oy calls on an eager Spaulding 
School fourth grader. 

"When the day came, the tension was 
palpable before we left Lasell," recalls 
Sharyn. "My students were stepping 
into uncharted territory." 

"At first I thought it wasn't going to go 
smoothly," confirms Cherie LaChapelle 
'07, "but once we got there it was great. 
The young students really got into the 
activities, giggling, squirming, and 
negotiating for more time to complete 
their tasks." 

"Going to Spaulding Memorial was 
definitely a challenge," recalls Erin 
Crotty '07. "The kids were very excited 
and we had to use all our leadership 
capabilities. At the end, when we 
wrapped up, I was impressed by how 
much the children had gotten out of it. 
I didn't think they were paying that 
much attention, but they were. We all 
learned something that day — whether 
it was the students learning about 
disabilities, or us learning about our 
leadership skills." 

One of the purposes of Lasell' s Honors 
Program is to stretch the capabilities of 
the participating students. "The emphasis 
for this particular class was leadership 
as a team. I wanted my students to think 
about what they would take from this 
exercise and be able to use in the future," 
says Sharyn. "When the Spaulding 
children cried in unison, "Thank you for 
coming to be our teachers!' I knew that 
the Lasell students realized they had 
met a new experience successfully and 
their view of themselves as leaders had 
been confirmed." « 

On Campus 

20/20's Callie Crossley is Donahue Distinguished Scholar 

Journalist Callie Crossley speaks to an 
intent student audience. 

Politics is a subject I am emotional 
about," declared journalist and producer 
Callie Crossley. "I can't imagine not vot- 
ing." Ms. Crossley began her week as 
Donahue Distinguished Scholar by 

addressing a packed de Witt Hall on the 
subject "Do Politics Matter?" 

"Being a citizen is a heavy load and 
requires an individual's full participation. 
You are never more powerful than you 
are in the voting booth," she stated. 
Members of the student panel ( Achai 
Abiem '05, Emily Binder '04, Greg 
Walker '05 and Troy Wall '05) who facili- 
tated the discussion after Ms. Crossley 
spoke, were in full accord and strong 
advocates of getting out the student vote 
(see Lasell Votes, p.y). "How many of you 
have an opinion on the draft or the right 
to choose?" asked Emily. "Voting shows 
that you care." 

As Callie Crossley spoke, it was clear 
that she is not only passionate about a 
number of subjects but also a person of 
action. After graduating from Wellesley 

College with no experience, she began 
her career by talking her way into a TV 
news reporter job. Since then she has 
been a regular panelist on WGBH's 
Beat the Press, spent 13 years as a 
producer for ABC News 20/20, and 
was nominated for an Oscar for one 
of her segments of Eyes on the Prize, a 
documentary series about the civil 
rights movement. 

Ms. Crossley is currently a Woodrow 
Wilson National Foundation Fellow, 
touring campuses as part of the presti- 
gious Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow 
program. Not only did she make her 
initial presentation in de Witt Hall, she 
also spent time visiting classes and 
meeting with students informally. 

This is the first time Lasell has had a 
Donahue Distinguished Scholar, 

although last year Fulbright Visiting 
Scholar, Dr. Fatima Sadiqi, was on 
campus under the auspices of the 
Donahue Institute. "Dr. Sadiqi's visit 
was so successful that it gave rise to 
the idea," explains Donahue Director 
Tessa leRoux. 

"I would like to make this a regular 
event," she continues. "The presence 
of someone of the stature of Callie 
Crossley on campus for a few days 
enhances the level of academic and 
social discourse. It has a far greater 
impact than a one-time speaker and 
forms deep connections between the 
classroom and issues of society 
and civic responsibility." 

"We must keep public discussion 
going," stressed Ms. Crossley. "Politics 
is how we make democracy matter." * 

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Spring 2005 

Connected Learning 

75 Percent of Eligible Students Register 

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Showing their bright tee shirts, the "Lasell Votes" team is ready to urge students to register. 

Across the campus this fall, black tee 
shirts with bright green "Lasell Votes" 
on them were omnipresent. The 2004 
election and the stands that each of the 
presidential candidates took on issues 
both in and out of the country galva- 
nized students and faculty alike and 
underscored the importance of register- 
ing every qualified student and getting 
out the vote. 

The germ of the idea of reaching 
every student started last spring when 
Sociology Professor Jenifer Drew 
and Donahue Institute Director Tessa 

leRoux were bramstorming about projects 
for the upcoming year. Knowing that 
only 13 percent of the college population 
usually votes, getting Lasell to better 
this percentage seemed an obvious goal. 
The two enlisted the aid of Donahue 
student assistant Amanda Wasowski '07 
and they said, "Lef s get this going!" 

Early in September there was a voter 
registration kick-off and training session 
and the project then took on a life of its 
own. The first day there was a registra- 
tion table outside of Valentine Dining 
Hall, and 138 students completed forms. 

By Election Day, 781 students had regis- 
tered, an unheard of 75 percent of the 
eligible undergraduate Lasell population. 

Before the election, more than 20 
faculty (representing over 30 classes) 
did election-related class projects. They 
ranged from discussion of election issues, 
to an essay contest analyzing the leadership 
qualities of the candidates, to analyses 
of the role of the Internet during elections. 
Student election workers were able to 
earn academic credits for their activities, 
which was coupled with academic 
reflection on the process. 

On Election Eve, Professor Ellen 
LaBelle's Events Management class 
organized a huge de Witt Hall party 
complete with a large screen of CNN's 
broadcast. As the students waited for 
the results to come in, there were raffles 
and door prizes and food was catered 
by Sodexho. 

Most Lasell students decided to vote 
absentee and one of the aims of Lasell 
Votes was to make this process as easy 
as possible. "We had all 50 state regis- 
tration forms," says Amanda, "and we 
stamped, stuffed, and mailed the ballots, 
making sure they went out two weeks 
before the state deadlines." 

However, in spite of these efforts, many 
students did not receive their absentee 
ballots and felt enraged and disenfran- 
chised. A few, who drove miles to get to 
their hometowns, found that they were 
not on the list of registered voters. "Out- 
of-state students could only telephone, 
and virtually no one was offered a 
provisional ballot without a fight," says 
Professor Drew. 

"People said that the youth vote didn't 
turn out, but we did and the system 
failed us," says Amanda. 

"This was entirely unacceptable to us," 
says Professor leRoux and the two 
professors prepared an institutional 
response which was published in the 
Boston Globe. In it they stated, "Rigid 
residency requirements and unneces- 
sary absentee voting must go. They 
appear to constitute an insupportable 
burden on some local election boards. 
If we want college students to partici- 
pate in democracy, we must allow them 
to vote where they study, work, spend, 
and live for nine months of the year." "e 

Teaming Up 

Two Lasell Croups Participate in Walk for Alzheimer's Disease 

^/ctober brings crisp and clear days 
that fuel enthusiasm. When students 
saw the posting in the Center for 
Community-Based Learning for the 
Greater Boston Memory Walk, spon- 
sored by the Alzheimer's Association, 
there was an immediate response. 
Five undergraduates and six graduates 
formed two separate teams that set off 
on the three-mile walk along the 
Charles River in order to raise money 
and be involved with a cause whose pur- 
pose is to increase the quality of life for 
those who are aging and need assistance 
in doing so. 

"I wanted to do it last year," recalls 
graduate student Cheryl Staskawicz 
'05, "so when I saw the sign this year 
I decided to spring into action. It was 
only a week prior to the event, so I 
wasn't sure it would work but when 
I sent out an email to other people in 
the graduate program I was thrilled 
with the response: Team Elder Care 
was formed." 

Cheryl, Diane Peluso, Elyse Adelstein, 
Peggy McCarty, Alyson Toole, and 
Guerlande Thomas rounded up sponsors 
who pledged close to $1,000. "Our man- 
agement skills paid off," laughs Cheryl. 
"I hope we've begun a tradition of 
participation in events that are related 
to issues involving the aged." 

"The opportunity to walk for such a 
great cause was a rewarding experience 
on several fronts," says Peggy McCarty. 
"As an Elder Care graduate student, it 
was an opportunity to observe, mingle, 
and chat with some of the populations 
we study in class. Professionally, it was 
an invaluable opportunity to network. 
And, on a personal front, it felt good to 
take a few hours out of my day and 
acknowledge and support the millions of 
people touched by Alzheimer's disease." 

Members of the undergraduate team 
were Lesley Foss '05, Leigh Jensen '08, 
Lisa Yong '06, Lindsay Nigra '08, and 
Leah Robinson '08. They were accompa- 

(L to R)Team Elder Care graduate students the morning of the walk: Cheryl Staskawicz, 
Diane Peluso, Elyse Adelstein, Peggy McCarty, Alyson Toole, and Guerlande Thomas. 

nied by Director of the Center for 
Community-Based Learning Sharyn 
Lowenstein and her six-year-old 
daughter, Emma. "This was Emma's 
first walk," grins Sharyn. "You have to 
start them young." 

Everyone agreed that sharing an experi- 
ence outside of the classroom brought 
an added dimension to the day. Walking 
and talking with others involved "added 
to the already in-place experiences of the 
connected learning process at Lasell," 
says Cheryl. W 

Spring 2005 

Lasell Leaves 7 

Connected Learning 

Dynamic Duo 

Interns at Center for Community-Based Learning are a Driving Force 

(L to R) Lesley Foss 'oj, Greg Walker '05, 
are an unbeatable team. 

IM o one is more committed to commu- 
nity service on campus than Greg 
Walker '05 and Lesley Foss '05. The two 
are this year's interns at the Center for 
Community-Based Learning (CCBL) and 
they have worked tirelessly with Director 
Sharyn Lowenstein and this year's 
MACC Americorps* VISTA Volunteer 
Kali Small to bring service programs 
and opportunities to Lasell. 

"We applied for the positions last 
spring, so we had all summer to think 
about what we wanted to do and get 
ready," recalls Lesley. And, in 
September, they were off to a running 

start when, with Kali, they organized a 
very successful Volunteer Fair. Twelve 
organizations had tables in the 1851 and 
more than 100 students attended. 

City Year was one of the groups at the 
fair, and students found out about the 
annual City Year Serve-A-Thon. Twelve 
students signed up, and when October 
23 came, Greg and Lesley drove them to 
City Hall Plaza to register for this clean- 
up day for areas of Greater Boston. 

"The students who accompanied us 
were mostly freshmen," recalls Greg, 
"and they really got into it. They didn't 
mind the work at all and have been ask- 
ing us what else is coming up. 

"We worked at a church in Jamaica 
Plain and the people there were really 
nice. They worked alongside of us and 
they knew that full stomachs were 
important to keep us going," Greg 
laughs. "There were Dunkiri Donuts 
waiting for us for breakfast and some 
hot chili and soup for lunch." 

Lesley lives in Hoag, Lasell's service res- 
idence hall and she did so last year as 
well. A requirement for living there is 
40 hours of community service per 
semester, so she is no newcomer to the 

idea. For Greg, it is a new experience 
and "I'm enjoying it," he exclaims. 

The two are at the CCBL every Tuesday 
and Thursday and their brains are 
always churning. Among the programs 
they helped organize this fall were the 
Blood Drive ("There was never an empty 

bed," says Lesley) and the Thanksgiving 
Food Drive. 

"Lasell students are a willing bunch and 
open to ideas. We're here to try and keep 
up the momentum," says Greg. * 

(L to R) Lesley Foss '05, Maria Montefusco '08, Greg Walker '05, Kianna Gooden '06, and 
Lisa Yong '06 take a break from their clean-up duties during the City Year Serve-A-Thon. 

Thirteen Involved Students 

Hoag House is this Year's Service Residence 

P orty hours of service each semester are 
what each student in Hoag is required 
to do, as well as a common service proj- 
ect, and there is no shortage of ideas or 
energy housed under that roof. "These 
students are an involved and civic mind- 
ed group," says Kali Small, this year's 
MACC Americorps-'Vista volunteer, who 
is responsible for overseeing Hoag. "By 
signing up for the house they know that 
they will be adding a substantial amount 
of extra work to their semesters and their 
efforts should be recognized." 

This is the third year that there has been 
a community service residence hall on 
the Lasell campus. Initiated in the fall of 

2002, the students have been housed in 
Case House, Spence, and now Hoag. 
Two of this year's students are in their 
second year of residence but, for the 
others, it is a new experience. 

"In the fall, the Hoag projects ran the 
gamut," says Kali. "Some worked on the 
blood drive, some on the Charles River 
clean-up, and others worked through 
their home churches. They kept a 
Volunteer Opportunities Posting Wall 
and also worked on a school supply 
drive for schools in India. I am 
enjoying trying to keep up with this 
highly-charged group." %' 

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Lasell Leaves 

Spring 2005 

Connected Learning 

Representing Lasell at a National Level 

Mike Unwin 'o6 Attends National NCAA Conference 

Student-Athlete Mike Unwin '06. 

I had no idea what was in store for 
me when Director of Athletics Kristy 
Walter asked if she could nominate me 
to be on the NCAA Division III 
Student-Athletic Advisory Committee. I 
immediately said 'absolutely', not fully 
understanding what an opportunity had 
come my way," says Mike Unwin '06. 
"To be one of the 24 student-athletes 
to be selected from the 140,000 in 
Division III of the NCAA is an 
unimaginable honor." Mike is serving 
a three-year term and represents 
both Lasell and the North Adantic 
Conference (NAC) at the national level. 

"My job is to try and improve communi- 
cation from the national level down to 
the college level," explains Mike. "In 
January, I traveled to Dallas, Texas with 
Kristy to attend the national NCAA con- 
vention. It was for all three divisions of 

the NCAA, and Division III (which 
includes Lasell) is the largest. At the 
convention, the voting is done on pro- 
posals that have been put forward for 
changes in NCAA rules and regulations." 

As captain of the basketball team at 
Lasell, Mike has helped lead the team 
to the North Adantic Conference 
Championship and the NCAA 
Tournament for the last two seasons. 
He is also very active on campus and in 
the community. With other Lasell stu- 
dent-athletes, he helps run Field Day, a 
local after school program for elemen- 
tary school children in the area. He is 
a member of the Student Athletic 
Advisory Committee (SAAC), the 
Campus Activities Board (CAB), and 
the Alcohol Advisory Committee. 

"I was proud to have Mike as our repre- 
sentative in Dallas," says Kristy. "He was 
very professional and made a formal 
presentation to the NAC Directors of 
Athletics. He was extremely well spoken 
and the directors were interested to hear 
the student point of view. When Mike 
returned, he gave a full report to Lasell 
SAAC, bringing them up-to-date." 

"It was great being able to put Lasell' s 
name out there while I was in Dallas," 
recalls Mike. "It was a real honor for me 
to represent the College and I'm looking 
forward to attending future meetings in 
Anaheim, CA and Indianapolis." W 

Beyond the Classroom 

Exercise Leadership Class Tackles Ropes Course 

Up and over — it takes a coordinated effort. 

Discussing leadership in a class- 
room is one thing, but, in order to take 
the concept to a different level, this year's 
Exercise Leadership class tested their 
mettle at a ropes course," explains Allied 
Health and Sports Studies Professor 
Janice Savitz. "It gave the students the 

opportunity to learn how to depend on 
each other and work together in order to 
complete a series of physical and mental 
challenges while it gave me the chance 
to see them in a different light and 
watch them realize their potential." 

The students were taken out of their 
standard frame of reference and asked 
to participate in activities that focused 
on areas such as group problem solving, 
communication, and the value of 
diverse insight skills. Among the 
challenges were getting from point A 
to point B without touching the ground 
and working through a giant spider's 
web without touching the ropes. 

"The tasks involved a lot of trust and 
honesty, and it was imperative that we 
worked well together as a group," recalls 
Alexa Goscinski '05. "There was a whole 
different vibe there than in the classroom. 
People who were normally quiet sudden- 
ly spoke up more while others were told 

they tried to lead too much. Everyone was 
very open and each individual brought 
different skills and abilities. 

"When we went back to the classroom 
we knew more about each other," con- 
tinues Alexa. "We wrote reflections and 

realized that we were now aware of both 
our good and our weaker skills. We had 
been taken out of our comfort zones, 
tackled new challenges and gained 
confidence." e 

Carefully, carefully, a student is threaded through a giant spider's web. 

Spring 2005 

Lasell Leaves Q 

Connected Learning 

Students Conduct Interviews 

Villagers Serve as Valuable Class Resources 

Villager Guy Hofstein and Josef Vargos '05 discuss Mr. Hofstein's war experiences. 

Seminary Avenue was not "the road 
less traveled" this fall, as students often 
wended their way down the hill to inter- 
view Villagers about subjects that were 
relevant to their course material. "For 
my 'War in literature' class, Villagers 
were able to talk about their first-hand 
experiences with war. their stage of life, 
their view points, their moral conflicts, 
and their sacrifices," explains English 

Professor Mimi Reddidiffe, "and this 
enhanced and expanded their under- 
standing of the works we were reading." 

The idea for this class developed from 
Professor Reddicliffe's "Themes in 
English Literature" class of last year, 
where the topic of war became a door 
into early 20th Century literature. This 
fall, some of the works her students 

read were Henry V, Major Barbara, 
Reading Lolita in Iran, and selections 
from Vietnamese literature. 

"I knew that as soon as the residents 
and students started talking, the ice 
would break and the students would 
immediately be drawn into what the 
Villagers had to say," recalls Professor 
Reddidiffe. Eight residents greeted her 
class and after they broke into small 
discussion groups the hum of conversa- 
tion escalated and it was apparent that 
she was right. 

"In the class after the interviews, the 
students were full of the stories they 
had been told by the residents," says 
Professor Reddidiffe. "They were clearly 
fascinated by the Villagers' war experi- 
ences and very appreciative that the 
residents took so much time to talk to 
them. They found many connections 
between the course literature and the 
residents' lives, which made the works 
so much more compelling and real." 

The first-year students in Professor 
Jenifer Drew's "Introductory Sociology" 
class, explored the theoretical concepts 
they'd been studying by spending an 
afternoon talking with Village residents 

about their move to the Village. 

"Having just arrived at Lasell in 
September, my students were uniquely 
prepared to understand the meaning of 
arriving in a new place, making new 
friends, learning new rules, and adjust- 
ing to a different degree of freedom and 
independence," says Professor Drew. 
"Their findings captured issues of transi- 
tion, socialization, group membership, 
and independence, something that both 
students and Villagers were tackling at 
their respective ends of campus." 

When the students left, their ideas of life 
at the Village had turned 180 degrees. 
"During my walk back home, I couldn't 
stop thinking about what fun I had 
interviewing them," reflected a student. 
"I thought about how much I actually 
had in common with them and that they 
weren't that different from me. They all 
attended dass, had different groups of 
friends that they hung out with, and did 
many of the same activities I would do 
myself. I found that the stereotype 
attached to the elderly as being lifeless 
and frail was completely not the case at 
the Village — they were as active, if not 
more active, as my peers and I." « 

Lots to Manage 

Student Panel Discusses Balancing School, Work, and Family 

1 don't do what I want to do, but 
what I need to do," explains Rafael 
Rivera '06 as he discussed how he 
manages his jam-packed weekly sched- 
ule. "Besides a full academic load, I 
have three jobs and I like to take time 
to visit with my baby brother. It's taken 
me a while to learn how to say 'no' to 
my friends. During my first two years 
at Lasell, I thought I was 'the man,' but 
then I realized that I had to figure out 
what I could handle." 

Rafael was one of four psychology 
majors who participated in a panel 
discussion on balancing school, work, 
and family, that was moderated by 
Professor Marsha Mirkin, who teaches 
"Counseling and Case Management." 
"When I was putting the panel together 
with these four students, I was struck 
by the fact that these young people need 
to manage more than most adults. I 
have a profound respect for what they 
are doing," she says. 

The first question she posed was, "What 
are the responsibilities that you find 
yourselves juggling?" 

"This semester I'm doing an internship 
which adds stress to my already heavy 
course load," says Angela Piranosian 
'07, a commuter student. "Internships 
are unpaid, but I'm working at a day- 
care center to supplement my income. 
Also, my family is dealing with our 
cousins, from California, who have 
moved in with us. This means that 
there are now 10 people and two dogs 
living under our roof, and if s impossi- 
ble to have any privacy." 

When Professor Mirkin asked what 
strategies the students had developed 
for meeting these multiple demands, 
Angela replied, "No procrastination!" 
All four agreed that it was important to 
take care of their mind, soul, and body 
and, if necessary, to use the services of 
the campus health center. 

"You must have a strong sense of who 
you are; you can't be a follower," says 
Samros Chau '07. "If people say I'm not 
cool, thaf s O.K." 

"I've learned how to cope," says Thi Lam 
'05. "It doesn't get easier, but now I know 

(L to R) Angela Piranosian '07, Rafael Rivera '06, Thi Lam '05, and Samros Chau 'oy 
respond to questions posed by Professor Marsha Mirkin. 

how to manage. I've become a more 
independent and stronger person and 
I'm proud of what I have accomplished. 
I have a responsibility to get my degree. 
This is what my loan is paying for." 

The consensus among these students, 
and those in the audience, was that 
among the multiple pressures they 
were all facing (including full class 
schedules, internships, jobs, loans, and 

family), school had to come first. One 
young woman summarized it when 
she said, "I'm putting myself tiirough 
school with no support from my par- 
ents. When I get out I will have loans 
to pay back, so while I'm here I have 
to make every minute count." '*' 

IO Lasell Leaves 

Spring 2005 

CampUS Update 

Black History Month 

Lasell Holds Open Discussion: "Does Race Matter?" 

(L to R) Panel members Greg Walker '05, Mychal Thigpen '06, Professor LeShelle Woodard 
and Professor Sidney Trantham lead the open discussion. 

Race is a loaded topic in American 
history and racial issues continue to 
exist," stated Professor Sidney Trantham 
at the Donahue Institute-sponsored 
open discussion titled "Does Race 
Matter?" held during February's Black 
History Month. 

The program brought together a cross 
section of students and faculty for a 
dialogue that was both frank and 
revealing. Moderated by Psychology 
Professors Sidney Trantham and 
LeShelle Woodard, and students Greg 
Walker '05 and Mychal Thigpen '06, 

members of the audience were 
forthcoming when responding to 
the questions that were posed. 

Asked how Lasell was different from 
the high schools students had attended, 
New Hampshire resident Amanda 
Wasowski '07 said, "I'm from a small 
rural town where there are only one or 
two blacks and no international residents. 
Here I've been able to meet students 
and teachers of different races and it 
has been an opportunity to learn about 
different cultures. People are respectful 
of one another." 

Professor Woodard asked about experi- 
ences that people might have had where 
they felt different because of race. "As 
an undergraduate at the University of 
Colorado/ Boulder, I went for days with- 
out seeing another black," she recalled. 
"It was odd to live in an environment 
where people did not know how to 
respond to you." 

Keya Anderson '06 was the only black 
student in an African American Literature 
class she recently took. "Initially I felt 
that I had to represent all black people 
with my viewpoint, but my professor 
put me at ease and it ended up being a 
very insightful class." 

As the discussion went on, topics ranged 
from the fear of not being accepted, to 
views of interracial dating, and Affirmative 
Action. "There were no definite answers 
offered," said Professor Woodard, "but a 
dialogue was opened in which experi- 
ences and points of view were shared. 

"From my perspective, the most impor- 
tant outcomes of the discussion included 
opening such a dialogue and the feelings 
of validation that students expressed in 
response to the conversation. Students 
have asked that we continue the discus- 
sion, which suggests to me that such a 
forum is needed at Lasell and hopefully 
it will be continued, not just during 
Black History Month." 'm 

Presentation to Trustees 

Senior Year: Taking Inventory of the Lasell Experience 

( L to R) Seniors Vickey Myrovalis, Heidi Hanna, Eric Knapp, and Alexis Polanco were 
chosen to talk to the Board of Trustees. 

I didn't know what to do with myself 
when I first arrived at Lasell," recalled 
Vicky Myrovalis '05 as she spoke to the 
trustees at their January meeting. "I 
found it very hard to transition into a new 
atmosphere. Then I signed up to be an 
orientation leader and that made all the 
difference. We participated in group exer- 
cises and activities and it became like a 
family. When the new students arrived, 
they looked up to us and I saw how much 
they wanted to fit in. After that, I decided I 
liked being part of a team and began par- 
ticipating in different campus activities." 

Vicky is a Fashion Design major and 
her story is just one of four that was 
told to the trustees. An orientation 
leader for two years, Vicky has also 
served on the Campus Activities Board 
(CAB) and, this year, she is its Major 
Events Chairman. "As scary as putting 
myself out there was, I discovered that 
everyone is welcoming." 

Involvement was also the key for Alexis 
Polanco '05. "I credit Molly DeStafney, 
Lasell's former MACC Americorps*Vista 
volunteer, for jumpstarting my years 

at the College. With her help and 
through programs run by the Center for 
Community-Based Learning, my experi- 
ence has been very fulfilling. I needed a 
push and Molly must have sensed that. 
She would sign me up without my even 
realizing it," laughed Alexis. 

"I think what I have enjoyed the most 
is the America Reads program. I've 
done it for three years and I have met 
so many different kinds of children. 
Some were raised like I was and some 
weren't, but when they see that a black 
person can succeed and go to college, 
they are impressed." 

For two years, Alexis lived in Lasell's 
community service house, where 
students agree to do 40 hours of service 
per semester in addition to a common 
service project (see story p. 8). But ready 
for an even bigger challenge, and with 
Molly's encouragement, Alexis became 
a member of Americorps, which 
requires 300 service hours to be com- 
pleted in a school year. "It was a lot to 
handle on top of my school work but 
I saw it as a great challenge for myself. 
After a lot of thought, I decided it was 
something I really wanted to do." 

"I have a double major, Criminal 
Justice/Legal Studies, and am currently 
in the process of applying to law school," 
explained Eric Knapp '05. "The classes 
that I've taken, my internships, and strong 
faculty support have prepared me to 
reach this goal. 

"For the honors component of my 
Domestic Violence class freshman year, 
I worked at The Second Step, a transi- 
tional women's shelter for survivors of 
domestic violence located in Newton. 
I was worried that as a male I wouldn't 
be accepted. Instead, I was looked at as 
a positive role model and my presence 
was welcomed." 

Eric returned to The Second Step his 
sophomore year for the honors compo- 
nent of his Criminal Justice class and put 
together a reference binder covering legal 
issues, such as child support, for the 
residents. "Doing the research and organ- 
izing the material was real world legal 
experience. I was proud of the final result 
and pleased to be able to leave something 
of lasting value for the women." 

This year Eric was one of four Lasell 
participants in the Eastern Regional 

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Spring 2005 

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CampUS Update 

During October Fashion Week 

Lasell Student Designs Enliven Boston's City Hall 

The designs of (L to R) Melissa Vizvarie 
'07, Ginnie Chow '05, and Jennifer Knapp 
'05 on display at Boston's City Hall. 

■ all colors are a New England trademark, 
and during Fashion Week bright hued 
materials and designs filled Boston's 
City Hall. Contributing greatly to the 
entire presentation were the garments 
of Lasell students, who participated in 
three Fashion Week events. 

Melissa Vizvarie '07, Ginnie Chow '05, 
and Jennifer Knapp '05 each had 
dresses on display, picked by the Lasell 
fashion faculty. "We chose the pieces 
based on their design, construction, and 
presentation," explains Professor Lynn 
Blake, "and this year we had three 
garments that represented the excep- 
tional work that the College's students 
have produced." 

All of the dresses required a lot of time 
and imagination to create. "We had to 
draft the outfits first," explains Melissa, 
whose piece was a club knit design that 
incorporated a thick sport mesh over a 
hot pink underskirt. The construction 
of the piece was complicated and 
detailed, down to the placement of 
the pockets. 

Ginnie Chow had a non-textile piece 
chosen for display. "I had trouble coming 
up with a theme but then my roommate's 
boyfriend suggested using a shower 
curtain and shower accessories," laughs 
Ginnie. "Rubber ducks seemed like an 
obvious pattern to go with and I had fun 

incorporating shower rings, a Loofa™, 
and shower gloves, which gave it a more 
elegant appeal. For "Technical Pattern I," 
I had made a clutch bag out of rubber 
ducks, so I even had an accessory." 

Unbeknown to Ginnie, Jennifer Knapp 
(who was in a different section) was 
using a shower curtain with hand paint- 
ed fish details, but it was not this piece 
that was picked for display at City Hall. 
Instead, it was an ethnic inspired piece 
that Jenn made for "Technical Pattern 
II." "I'm from Vermont and I wanted 
my design to represent rural New 
England," explains Jenn. "The piece is 
a wool huntsman's dress made out of 
traditional red and black checks. I con- 
tinued the theme by using camouflage 
tree netting for a train." 

Later in the fall, Jenn learned that the 
Costume Society of America was looking 
for volunteers to present pieces at the 
University of Rhode Island. When her 
professors approached her, she raised 
her hand and focused on her ethnic 
design. "She was one of nine presenters 

and the only undergraduate student," 
recalls Professor Joan Morris. 
"Her presentation was as engaging 
and professional as any of the graduate 
students and she was a credit to 
the College." 

Another part of Fashion Week was an 
illustration contest. Graphic design 
student Kati Goodenow '06 had four 
illustrations hung in City Hall's Scollay 
Square Gallery. All submissions were to 
incorporate a pink theme, in celebration 
of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 

The Fashion Show at City Hall 
Promenade was the last event of the 
week and four Lasell students partici- . 
pated. Now for the Lasell seniors, like 
Ginnie and Jenn, it's on to putting their 
collections together and preparing for 
life after graduation. "If s nerve wrack- 
ing," says Ginnie, "but I'll be using my 
representation at City Hall and my col- 
lection as a means to sell myself and 
I'm excited about the future." 

Stay tuned! W 

Hats.. .Hats.. .Hats. 

"Clamorous Structures" Interdisciplinary Student Exhibit 

(L to R) Lauren Turchon 'oj, Fashion Merchandising major, Xuan Luu '06, Fashion 
Design major, and Andrea Bellio 'oj, Fashion Merchandising major stand by the collection 
of hats that they worked on together. 

The Wedeman Art Gallery was filled 
with colorful hats of every shape and 
size for the "Glamorous Structures" 
show. The exhibit was the result of a 
collaboration between Professor Lynn 
Blake who teaches "Technical Pattern I," 
and Professor Jill Carey who teaches 
"20th Century Fashion." The instructors 
felt their students would benefit from 
exposure to both disciplines to illustrate 
the powerful connection between 
millinery, fine art, and architecture 
from the 20th century. 

Each class met throughout the fall 
semester for lectures and critique. The 
final project for this collaboration was to 
install the gallery exhibit of student 

millinery designs with a written compo- 
nent relating to both design inspiration 
and historical significance. The students 
also created the gallery props and print 
material. Approximately 60 students 
were involved in this unique design and 
research opportunity. Both instructors 
received financial support from the 
Putnam Fund and the Davis Grant. '$' 


Continued from page 11 

Moot Court championships at Fitchburg 
State College. "Professor Linda Bucci 
met with us at all hours of the day and 
night to help us prepare. There was a lot 
of material to go over but, with her sup- 
port, we arrived at the competition 
confident in what we had covered. It 

was a great experience and excellent 
preparation for law school." 

Like Eric, Heidi Hanna '05 is also a 
Criminal Justice/Legal Studies double 
major and participated in the Moot 
Court during her junior year. But she 
admits that she had a tough time get- 
ting adjusted to college life. 

"Midway through my sophomore year, I 
made up my mind to transfer. My bags 
were packed but something made me 
come back after winter break," Heidi 
recalls. "My most important accom- 
plishments happened after that point. I 
suddenly realized that what I was look- 
ing for was right here: small class size, 
team involvement, excellent professors. 

"Once I committed myself to Lasell, I 
took off both in the classroom and on 
the hockey field. I'm proud of what I've 
accomplished and it was an honor 
to be selected to make a presentation 
on my time at Lasell to the Board 
of Trustees." i' 

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Spring 2005 

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responsible for erroneous material. 

Because of the possibility of unexpected changes, in general, we do not publish future events, but will be 
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Melba Keasor Hodgkins celebrated her 
103rd birthday on August 19. She lives 
in Laconia, NH. 


Happy birthday to Martha Fish Holmes 

who celebrated her 100th birthday on 
November 19. She lives in Weston, MA. 

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Our sincere condolences to Janice 
Whittaker Sandberg whose husband, 
Lars, passed away. Janice is living in 
an assisted living residence in New 
Hampshire. Her two married sons 
and three great-grandchildren live 
nearby. Janice says, "It is always a joy 
to see them." 


Bettina Potter Jeffrey and Midge Jones 
Joslyn celebrated their 90th birthday 
on the same day - December 14. 
Bettina says, "I am blessed with a 
great family — son, daughter, daughter- 
in-law, three granddaughters, and two 
2-year-old great-grands." 


Kay Peck Dietler moved to a retirement 
community in Charlotte, NC. She 
writes, "I wish I could make reunion 
but my grandson is graduating the 
same weekend." She sends her wishes 
to all from the Class of '35. 


Virginia Hall Warren's husband writes 
that Virginia is now in a nursing home 
because her diagnosis of Alzheimer's 
has become more pronounced. 

Marjorie Reed Colley is awaiting the 
arrival of her sixth great-grandchild — 
all girls. She says, "I am hoping one of 
them will follow me to Lasell." Marjorie 
corresponds with Ginny Hausler Coster. 


Irene Dreissigacker Brimlow says, 

"I would love to hear from those of us 

who are still living the golden years. 

I can't believe it will be 68 years since 

graduation! My best to all." 

This past winter, Virginia Webb 
Tompkins visited her daughter who 
lives in Vero Beach. Virginia's other 
daughter lives in Cape 1 Town with her 
husband and two sons. 


Our sincere condolences to Adele 
Brown Lett on the death of her 
husband, Daniel, in February 2004. 

Martha Romaine Jones is living in a 
retirement village in Lakewood, NJ. She 
has four great-grandchildren. Martha 
sends greetings to "Wishie" (Arlene 
Wishart Sylvester). 

"It was nice to see President de Witt last 
year in Florida," writes Audrey Slawson 
Drake. "I also enjoyed dinner with 
Peggy Schwingel Kraft '56 and her 
husband. Sorry I couldn't make our 

From Delray Beach, Dorothy Thomas 

Thomas says that several months later 
she is just recovering from the hurri- 
cane wallop. She has finally secured a 
tree company to clean away the damage. 
Dorothy works in her church office one 
afternoon a week. She is also involved 
in her church's adult literacy program. 
She has worked with students from 
Brazil, Poland, China, Germany, Haiti, 
Puerto Rico, and Spain. Dorothy is 
also responsible for finding tutors for 
the program. 

* 1938 Editor's Note: Arlene Wishart 
Sylvester is a "Calendar Girls" model. 
Please seepage 16. 


Cora Pratt Adams is still working and 
enjoying it. She traveled to Vienna, 
Prague, and Budapest. 

Margaret Schneider Thieringer is sorry 
to have missed her 65th reunion. She 
says, "Lasell is developing beautifully." 

Mildred Sheldon Steele is living in an 
assisted living facility in Sonora, CA. 

* 1939 Editofs Note: Jean Michael 
Petersen is a "Calendar Girls" model. 
Please see page 16. 

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"It is always interesting to hear from 
other classmates," writes Mary 
Elizabeth Allen Ryan. Mary Elizabeth 
has four grandchildren — one married, 
two in college, and one in high school. 

To celebrate her daughter's 50th 
birthday, Eleanor Pfaff Daly planned a 
4-day family reunion in Illinois. The 
following week, Eleanor spent time 
with actress Patty Duke. 

Fern Drumheller Nye's weedcraft art 
collages were on display in October. 
Her collages and stationery combine 
color, nature, Japanese washi paper, 
and colored pencil. Fern and Virginia 
Gibson Crouch '43 live in the same 
retirement community. They did not 
know each other at Lasell. 

Louise Lorion DeVries and her husband 
are enjoying life in Seal Beach, CA. 
Louise keeps in touch with Jean 
Bohacket Pegram and Ginny DeNyse. 

Louise says, "I joyfully remember the 
friends I made at Lasell." 

Our sincere condolences to Marion 
Parmer Wheeler on the death of her 
sister, Eleanor Parmer Farrar '39. 

Justine Ransom Goebel has three great- 
grandchildren. She heads to Hilton 
Head and Florida to escape the cold. 
Justine sends love to all her classmates. 


Our sincere condolences to Jessie 
Dobson Salmon on the death of her 
husband, Willard, in the fall. Jessie sur- 
vived Hurricane Jeanne with minimum 
damage to her house, but she says her 
poor little town of Vero Beach is devas- 
tated. "It will be years and billions of 
dollars before it will be back to normal." 

Our sincere condolences to Doris Fern 
Musselman on the death of her hus- 
band, William, in September. 

Dorothy Higson White's third great- 
grandson was born in January. She 
says, "We now have a William, a 
Charlie, and an Andrew." 

Barbara Leonard Wiser sold her home 
after 53 years and moved to a condo. 
She enjoys volunteering. Barbara has 
three married children and four grand- 

Ruth Mosher Porter lives at 
Westminster Canterbury in Richmond, 
VA. She has 12 grandchildren and four 

Our sincere condolences to Trudy 
Ruch Kauffrnan whose husband died 
in August. 

"I'm in good company here at The 
Highlands, in Topsham, ME," writes 
Noel Temple Manning. "One neighbor 
is the great great-granddaughter of 
Josiah Lasell, one of Lasell' s founders, 
and another neighbor is a friend's great- 
grandmother who was in Lasell' s first 
graduating class." 

An update from Virginia Weeks Hatch: 

"Fifteen years ago, my husband and I 
moved back to my hometown in New 
Hampshire. We garden, make our own 
maple syrup, and take good care of our 
woodlands. Winter means skiing. I play 
golf in the summer. Our four children 
and grandchildren are in northern 
California so we visit back and forth." 

* 1Q42 Editor's Note: Ruth Turner Crosby 
is a "Calendar Girls" model. Please see 
page 16. 


Virginia Collins Canavan had a surprise 
80th birthday party hosted by her son 
and daughter. Virginia says, "All genera- 
tions attended. The oldest was my 
90-year-old sister, and the youngest 
was an 8-month-old grand-nephew." 

From Arlington, VA, Olga Costes Urban 

writes, "We are involved in Naval 
Academy activities. My daughter is in 
Connecticut, and my son is in Virginia." 

Our sincere condolences to Elizabeth 
Gorton Collier whose husband, Paul, 
died in early September. 

Jane Timm Engle became a great- 
grandmother for the first time in 
October 2003. 


"This is the year I hope to move into a 
condo and make life a bit simpler, but 
I dread the thought of moving after 
living in same house for 32 years," 
writes Gloria Boyd Major-Brown. Gloria 
spent Christmas in Santa Barbara and 
Palm Desert. 

Class Notes Spring 2005 


Class Notes 

At 81 years of age, Eleanor Laing 
Greenhalgh-Kilty retired from her town 
office job. She says, "I am now becom- 
ing acquainted with my computer and 
learning to write children's books." 

Dorothy Tobin Staffier wanted to share 
these words of wisdom: "Be an activist. 
Do something nice for someone else. 
Smile a lot!" 


Terry Bergeron Hoyt recently moved to 
a life care community in Sarasota, FL. 
She says, "I hope to see some of my 
classmates at reunion in May." 

Our sincere condolences to Janet Eaton 
Maynard on the death of her husband, 
John, in January. 

Eunice Powers Buxton travels to 
California, Florida, New York, and 
Connecticut to visit family. She says, 
"I am still active in my business. It's 
great for mind and body." 

Our sincere condolences to Barbara 
Preuss Reynolds on the death of her 
husband, George, in November. 


Our sincere condolences to Lynn 
Blodgett Williamson on the death of 
her husband, Al, in March. 

Raemary Chase Duryea attended the 
destination wedding of her first grand- 
daughter in the US Virgin Islands and 
had a "super" time. 

Anne Heaphy Briggs has four grand- 
children. Her daughter, who lives in 
Germany, is moving to Bahrain for a 
year. Anne's other daughter lives two 
miles away. 

Phyllis Paige Downes sold her condo 
and moved to a ranch-style house in 
Bedford, NH. The house has a small 
pool and a waterfall with about 15 fish. 

Irene Tomasek Kokocinski is secretary 
of the Board of Directors of Hubbard 
Regional Hospital in Webster, MA. 
She has been an active member of the 
board since 1992. Irene was elected 
to the Massachusetts Democratic 
State Committee. 

* 1946 Editor's Note: Joan Hanson Blake, 
Helen Richter Hanson, Ginny Terhune 
Hersom, Anne Blake Perkins, and Lynn 
Blodgett Williamson are "Calendar Girls" 

models. Please seepage 16. 


Our sincere condolences to Jeanne 
Franklin Bates whose husband, Jim, 
passed away in 2003. 

Jeanne still has her home on the Cape 
and spends winters in Naples. She 
enjoyed hearing from Barbara Roedel 
Hall and Sarah Cross Finigan. 

Mary-Ida Hanson Olson spent two 
weeks in the Amazon Rain Forest and 
the Galapagos in Ecuador. The trip was 
fantastic and strenuous, and she feels 
blessed to be able to enjoy it. 

Phyllis Haviland Hildebrandt and her 

husband are well and busy. 

An update from Barbara Stickle Mode: 

"1 have been active at Lasell — on the 
alumni board (past president) and a 
Corporator of the College. I owned my 
own interior design business for 20 
years and retired in December 2003. 
After 48 years of marriage to Phil, I 
became a widow in December 2001. I 
am in contact with Jane Carl Turner, 
Ginnie Smith, and Anne Alger Ehrlich 
and would love to hear from others 
from the class of '47." 

Our sincere condolences to Doris 
Wemmell Still on the death of her 
husband, Kenn. Doris and her husband 
had been married 55 years. 


After retiring two years ago, Phyllis 
Allen Shepard moved from Tennessee 
to New Hampshire. She would love to 
hear from anyone in the Class of 1948, 
especially those living nearby. 

Jeanne Meyer Bird has seven grand- 

Dorothy Piranian is planning to attend 
graduation to hear Commencement 
speaker Anita Hill. Dorothy says, 
"Congratulations for asking her. How 
wonderful she accepted. Her demeanor 
and intelligence are outstanding." 

"My granddaughter, Beth D'Esopo '05, 
is a senior at Lasell and living in 
Chandler where I lived so long ago," 
writes Lucile Tucker Anderson. 


Each year Yankee Magazine selects out- 
standing leaders and volunteers from 
New England's nonprofit and communi- 
ty groups to receive a Barn Raising 
Award, an honor that celebrates the 
best of the volunteer spirit in the region. 
Nancy Lawson Donahue is a recipient 
of this year's award for her tireless work 
to help the theatre she founded, the 
Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell, 
MA, evolve into a nationally recognized 
venue. In Nancy's 30 years of volunteer 
work, she has played a key role in more 
than 50 community groups. The man- 
aging director of the theatre has this to 

say about Nancy: "Nancy's generous 
spirit is strong enough to move groups 
of people to action. She is an extraordi- 
nary woman, and we are proud to have 
her as a member of our community." 

Judy Parker Haas is in New Hampshire 
for the summer and fall and Florida for 
the winter and spring. She says, "It's a 
great life." 

In November, Jane Wadhams Hazen 
had lunch with her cousins, Faye 
Wadhams Smith '38, and Carol 
Wadhams Wolcott '43. 

Jacquelyn Word Stallings writes, 
"Hip surgery, staph infection, and, 
four months later, hepatitis B." 


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Eleanor Barton writes that last winter 
she had a wonderful time with her old 
pal, Sally Hughes Fasick. 

"Still enjoying off-season on Cape Cod," 
writes Margot Bergstrom Semonian. "I 

am also participating in the many activi- 
ties of my five growing grandsons." 

Audrey Callahan Cohill says, "After 40 
years of living up north with the cold 
winters, I decided to move to a condo 
on the ocean in Palm Coast, FL, near 
my son and grandchildren." 

After 35 years in warm and sunny 
Florida, Virginia Davis Harbuck relocat- 
ed to the north Georgia mountains 
"with a climate reminiscent of my 
New England roots. It is good to be 
back with the daffodils and fall colors." 

"Grandparents can be so proud," writes 
Marjorie Gilbert Knipper. Marjorie is 
referring to her step-granddaughter 
who is attending medical school. 

Class 0/1950 

In September, "refugees" from Florida's Hurricane Frances escaped to the Jersey 
shore. (L to R) Bill and Joan Schaefer Douglas '50, Rosemary O'Brien deBelay '50 
and husband Paul. The alums had a wonderful, unexpected reunion (with lots of 
reminiscing) along with Marion Ettinger Steinmetz '50. 

Elizabeth Maclnnes Deal hopes to be 
at reunion in May. She says, "I am still 
in New Jersey and leading a busy life." 

Marilyn Shaughnessy Daley and her 

husband celebrated their 50th wedding 
anniversary in June. She and her 
husband have six children and four 
grandchildren. Marilyn enjoys water- 
color painting, cooking, gardening, 
reading, and concerts at Tanglewood. 

"All is well and good," writes Carolyn 
Snook Rauscher. 

Honey S packman Wilson is a reading 
aide in an elementary school in 
Pennsylvania and a business manager 
for a small radio station. 

Carmen Welch Clark and her husband 
took a cruise around South America. 
She says, "I will not be back on Cape 
Cod in time to attend reunion. Where 
did those 55 years go?" 

* 3950 Editor's Note: Jackie Paulding 
Hauser is a "Calendar Girls" model. 
Please see page 16. 


"Life continues to be great living by the 
ocean in Maine, and family and good 
friends make life wonderful," writes 
Sallyann Bartlett Abel Bassett. She 
and her husband celebrated their third 
anniversary with a trip to Scotland. 

Betty Baumbach Hyne is enjoying 
retirement and will have knee replace- 
ment surgery so she can play golf again 
this spring. Betty and her husband 
celebrated 52 years of marriage. She 
says, "Our three grandchildren remind 
us we are getting old." 

Libbie Fleet Glazer says she has two 

wonderful grandchildren. She keeps 
busy reading for a blind radio station 
and going to concerts and the theatre. 
She traveled to Hawaii, Cape Cod, New 
Hampshire, and the Catskills. 

Rae Harrington Blum enjoys semi- 
retirement in Pinehurst, NC. She loves 
to travel and spends as much time as 
she can with her grandchildren in 
Vermont. Rae says, "Still tennising, 
but not old enough to play golf." 

Barbara Jankowski Rusch traveled to 
Greece in April 2004. She says, "Lots 
of ruins, history, good food, and prep 
for the Olympics." Barbara and her 
mom survived two hurricanes in Port 
St. Lucie. 

"After 45 years I sold my wonderful 
home and moved into an apartment," 
writes Marie Kohaut Dougherty. 

"We have lived in Florida for 20 years. 
This year we had four hurricanes in six 
weeks, but life goes on," writes Barbara 
McRoberts Collingwood. Barbara has 
nine grandchildren. 

Our sincere condolences to Patricia 
Raeder Crone on the death of her 
husband, Richard, in February 2004. 

Peggyanne Riker Miller continues to 
show her prize shelties. She has seven 
dogs, and she loves them all. 

Class Notes Spring 2005 

Class Notes 

Class 0/1951 

A restaurant on St. Simons Island, Georgia, is the setting for Linda's birthday 
celebration. (L to R) Marianna Firebaugh Burgund '52, Joy Detweiler Hostetter '51, 
Linda Heather Venezia '51 

"After 28 years of being a widow, I met 
a nice gentleman, also widowed, who 
was willing to take me on," writes 
Mary Jane White Miller- Puckett. "I was 
remarried in June." 


Betty Lou Foy Reid retired from the 
Department of French Studies at Brown 
University after 37 years. Betty Lou has 
two daughters who live in Newport, RI, 
and one grandson. 

"Hi to everyone," writes Mary Grill 
Turton. "Hope we can get together 
soon. I have wonderful memories of 
our reunion." 

Ann Rathburn Spadola is still living in 
Arizona. She has two sons who live 
nearby, and one who lives in Las Vegas. 
Ann's first grandson is now in college. 

Ginny Snedaker Marschall and her hus- 
band enjoyed cruises to Europe/Norway 
and the Mexican Riviera. Before the 

Class of 1953 

(L to R) Diane Cueny Harden '53 
and Jean Weeks Hanna '53 enjoy 
visits every winter. Diane and her 
husband live in an active senior 
community in Tampa. Jean lives 
in Longboat Key. 

Mexican cruise, they had great fun 
visiting Phyllis Gleason Riley. Ginny 
says that two of the four Florida hurri- 
canes hit their condo but the damage 
could have been worse. She sends 
greetings to everyone. 


After being widowed for 2-1/2 years, 
Mary Blackham Williamson remarried. 
She and her husband live in 
Yarmouthport, MA, where they play 
tennis and golf year-round. Together 
they have 17 grandchildren. 

Mary Lou Burke Alexander is planning 
to celebrate her 50th wedding anniver- 
sary in July with her sons and their 
families on Cozumel. 

Elinor Cohen Goldman and her son 

went to England last summer. Her 
granddaughter started kindergarten 
in the fall. 

"Thirteen grandkids keep me busy," 
writes Barbara Crossley Kelling. 

"Traveling, gardening, and bridge fill my 
days. Barbara's four daughters live near- 
by on Long Island, and her son teaches 
at Haverford College in Pennsylvania. 

From Alaska, Dot Day Bardarson writes, 
"Where have the years gone? Fifty and 
getting better and better and better." 

Mary Ann Donahue says she is still 
slugging it out at Thirteen/WNET 
New York and working on a novel — a 
psychological thriller. 

After being widowed for 18 years, 
Nancy Kittell Martin-Johnson remarried 
in October. 

A highlight in 2004 for Elsie Knaus 
Klemt was her daughter's wedding. A 
special guest at the wedding was former 
roommate Sylvia Pfeiffer Nesslinger. 
Elsie still spends summers in Maine. 
She says, "Life is good." 

Barbara Palumbo Howe and her hus- 
band spend winters in Fort Lauderdale 
where they have an apartment right on 
the ocean. She also spends time with 
her four grandchildren. 

"Florida is not for us," writes Mary 
Thomas Justice. "We will sell our house 
and head back up north to Sandwich on 
Cape Cod. Looking forward to moving 
home again." 

An update from Beverly Thornton 
Hallowell: "I continue to live in my 
nearly 200-year-old home, volunteer at 
Metro West Medical Center in Natick, 
MA, and enjoy my 10 grandchildren." 

Joy Ufford Penderville says retirement 
is great. She keeps busy with eight 
grandchildren, church and community 
volunteer work, and is a substitute 
organist. Joy says, "I did a benefit 
concert for a church and enjoy music as 
much as ever." 


An update from Frances Mitchell 
Sherman: "Life on our ranch is good. 
My sheep are lambing which is beauti- 
ful to witness. Quilting takes up much 
of my time. I make quilts for good caus- 
es, family, and friends. We are blessed 
with eight grandchildren, and all of our 
own children are doing well as adults. 
Life can't get much better than it is as 
long as we can stay in good health in 
these senior years." 


From Santa Rosa, CA, Priscilla Fenton 
Abercrombie writes that she and her 
husband sold their print shop so they 
are finally retired. They travel back 
east twice a year to visit her mom. 
Priscilla has three children and 
seven grandchildren. 

Bobbie Jennings' public relations com- 
pany does radio broadcasts of sporting 
events and press releases for animal 
and nature nonprofit organizations in 
Hawaii. Her latest trip was a month's 
cruise on a private yacht through 
the canals and rivers of France and 
Germany. She says, "It doesn't get 
much better than that." 

Beverly Kimball Lamburn has four 
grandchildren who live nearby and keep 
her busy. She works part-time at her 

family's ice cream business. Beverly 
says, "I am looking forward to my 50th 
reunion. It doesn't seem possible." 

Our sincere condolences to Valerie 
Montanez Barto on the death of her 
husband in February 2004 after a long 
illness. Valerie says, "I am trying to find 
new goals and keep busy. I look forward 
to seeing everyone at our 50th. Lef s 
make our class proud by contributing 
to the reunion fund. I miss my roomie, 
Marilyn Meyer Herlin. To all my class- 
mates, please come and see me in West 
Palm Beach." 

Our sincere condolences to Beryl 
Schelhorn Frey on the death of her 
daughter this past summer. 

* 1955 Editor's Note: Joy Stewart Rice is a 
"Calendar Girls" model. Please seepage 16. 


Still working but doing part-time now," 
writes Deanne Dario Sferrino. Deanne 
enjoys her four grandchildren and visits 
them in Connecticut as often as possi- 
ble. She traveled to South America on 
a cruise. 

Pattie Holland Bird enjoys summers at 
the lake in Spencer, MA, and winters in 
her new RV (her fourth one) in Naples. 
Pattie says, "I am into stained glass 
now and love it. I also enjoy our six 

"I am finally retired," writes Virginia 
Paolillo Lawlor. "I just got back from 
visiting my niece in sunny California. 
I am still missing my sister, Isabel 
Paolillo McCarthy '53, who died in 
October 2002." 

From California, Ann Pasquale Kibort 

writes, "Life is good. I have been travel- 
ing to Europe, visiting children and 
six grandchildren (four in the Boston 
area and two in Colorado), painting, 
and skiing." 

Janet Whitney Buck and Patti Holland 
Bird spent a weekend together celebrat- 
ing their 50th high school reunion. 

Class of 1955 

A Lasell gathering of classes celebrated the birthday ofLucinda Nolin Johnson '^/'jj 
(center) in August 2004. Joining her (I to r)is Marion Nutter '55, Jean Shaw Keary '40, 
Joy Stewart Rice '55 and Jeanne Franklin Bates '47. 

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"It was great to be back on campus for 

the River Day festivities in October and 
to see all the amazing new construction 
and growth," writes Joan Deshefy 
Patenaude. "I enjoyed seeing Nancye 
Van Deusen Connor. Charlie Killam 
Moller. and Joan Conradi McLaughlin 
'59. It was a fun weekend." 

Dorothy Fenrich DelGuercio is director 
and owner of a 600-student dance 
studio. She has eight grandchildren. 

Marcia James Carthaus says Naples, FL, 
is a wonderful place to easily become a 
part of the community. 

From southern Maryland, Virginia 
Krauss White writes, "Retirement is 
wonderful. I am enjoying our beautiful, 
heated pool. All our family comes to 
visit and swim. Lasell classmates are 
invited to visit when traveling south. 


Harriet Beard Ackerman moved back to 
Connecticut after living in the midwest 
for 25 years. She says, "I've enjoyed 
reconnecting with Joan Plaskon Tatigian 
and Margo Miller Larson '59." 

After 10 years as a travel agent, Judy 
Butler Weppel is semi-retired. She now 
works in an upscale jewelry store. Judy 
says, "I love the perks." She sends love 
to all her classmates. 

Penny Carlson O'Brien sold her house 
in Scituate, MA, and bought a condo in 
Hull (six miles away). Penny says, "It 
didn't take any time to get used to condo 
living and the amenities. As a realtor I 
swore I'd never pay condo fees. Now I 
write that check with a smile." 

Connie Reid Towne says life is good. 
She is still working part-time as a nurse. 

She and her husband are taking up golf. 
She bikes, skis, and plays lots of tennis. 
Grandchild #2 was born last April. 

"Hi to my old Bragdon friends," writes 
Sarah Requa Guthridge. Sarah has a 
new granddaughter whose middle name 
is Sarah. 

Beginning this spring, Meade Simpson 
Fasciano will be chairman of the 450 
active, senior volunteers for the 
Museum of Fine Arts Boston. 

One year ago, Barbara Stannard 
Riedinger had moved to be near her 
family and the Vineyard. Now that her 
family relocated to Beauford, SC, 
Barbara moved again. She says, "What 
the heck, it keeps me young. The archi- 
tect has plans to convert the 2-car 
garage behind their house into a house 
for me. Beauford is an old, historic 
town with wonderful southern man- 
sions. The inter-coastal waterway runs 
through Beauford which makes dining 
on the porches of the little restaurants 
along the river a true delight. We are 10 
minutes by boat from Hilton Head, a 
little over an hour from Savannah, and 
about 1-1/2 hours from Charlestown." 


Louise Harrison Leader is an adjunct 
faculty member in the fashion depart- 
ment at Lasell College. 

Elizabeth Healy Shelby is sorry she 
couldn't make the 45th reunion but is 
looking forward to her 50th. She is 
enjoying retirement in New Hampshire 
and spending time with children, 
grandchildren, and friends. 

* 1959 Editor's Note: Louise Harrison 
Leader is a "Calendar Girls" model. Please 
seepage 16. 

Class of 1960 

Class 0/1958 

An amazing Class of '60 friendship (L to R) Joan Corthouts McCormick, Wendy 
Holmes-Pearson, Michele Poirier Gorman, and Marilyn Senior Legg spent their annual 
mini-reunion in Newport, RI. They have been getting together for over 40 years. 

1 gSO'S 

Class of '58 mini-reunion dinner at the Longshore Lake Club in January 2005. 
Standing (L to R) Gene Morgan, Jeanne Bradner Morgan, Gail Winalski Burd, 
Elliott Burd, Rich Oswald. Seated (L to R) Gail Seibert Glover, Scott Glover, 
Judy Feldt Oswald. 

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Barbara Jacoby Adelstein is retired 
from teaching, travels, and enjoys 
her family and friends. She has 
two granddaughters. 

Barbara Rahner Reese is completing a 
doctorate in anthropology. She traveled 
to Rwanda, Uganda, and Sudan to dis- 
tribute scholarships to poverty-stricken 
girls. She has two sons and slipped 
into grand-motherhood this year. Friend 
and former roommate Faith Bowker- 
Maloney has this to say about Barbara, 
"She has a zest for life like no one I 
have ever met in my life. Last summer 
when I spent a week with her in 
Vermont, she had just returned from a 
trip to Mongolia. Still she had the ener- 
gy to take my four grandchildren out in 
canoes and motorboats like an energetic 
camp counselor." 

Barbara McAlary Kashar was out of 

school for six weeks after surgery, but is 
back and starting the countdown to her 
second retirement. 

Sue Spangenberg Straley has been busy 
with builders and is moving into new 
quarters in Norwell, MA. 

Joan White Martin is enjoying retire- 

Susann York Stadtfeld's fifth grandchild 
arrived in December. Susann feels lucky 
that her kids and grandkids are within 
an hour's drive so they are able to see 
them often and be part of their lives. 
Susann says, "Hope to see my '6o's 
friends at reunion." 

An update from Ronna Zucker 
Uhrman: "I still teach pre-school. I have 
been at the same school for 40 years. I 
have eight wonderful grandchildren. We 
have a winter home at the Polo Club in 
Delray Beach. I would love to hear from 

* i960 Editor's Note: Linda Telfer is a 
"Calendar Girls" model. Please see page 16. 


"I look forward to reading Leaves," 
writes Sally Cabral Crowe. "There is a 
special place in my heart for Lasell. I 
hope I can visit soon." 

Chase Kirschner Wilson volunteers as a 
teacher with the "No Child Left Behind, 
America Reads" program. 

Ann Mcintosh Mello lives full-time in 
Mattapoisett, MA, where she has an art 
gallery and school. 

Patricia McKinnon Dernavich married 
her husband on the beach in Sanibel, 
FL. Now her sister, Ginny McKinnon 
Dernavich '62, is also her sister-in-law. 
Patricia lives in Wakefield, RI, and 
spends three winter months in their 
condo in Fort Myers. She is president of 
the South County Hospital Auxiliary as 
well as a hospital volunteer two days a 
week. Patricia says, "The golf course is 
where you will find me in the summer 
months. Life is wonderful." 

Our sincere condolences to Carol 
Schumacher Dougherty on the death 
of her husband, David. 

From Myrtle Beach, SC, Nan Sparks 
Hunter writes, "Enjoying retirement in 
my new house just blocks from the 
ocean. Visiting my six children and 
eight grandchildren who are scattered 
across the U.S. keeps me busy. So does 
visiting my husband who is in a nurs- 
ing home. All else is fine." 

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Class Notes 


Ann Abbott Bowler moved to the 
Delaware shore. She says, "The grand- 
children are just two hours away." 

Our sincere condolences to Ingrid 
Jonason Burch whose husband, Art, 
died last year. Ingrid says her two 
daughters are great, and she has a 
1 -year-old grandson. Ingrid would love 
to hear from her classmates. 

Dee Orben Campbell is busy quilting, 
hiking, and volunteering at a women's 
shelter. She celebrated 15 years with 
Mary Kay Cosmetics. 

Tracy Potter Vangermeersch says that 
now that their family business is in 
their son's hands, she and her husband 
have time to discover Colorado. Tracy 
has five grandchildren. 

Linda Strecker Thorn and her husband 
made a big change. They sold their 
house in Connecticut and live on 
their boat moored in Rhode Island. 
Winters are still spent in their home 
in Daytona Beach. 


Our sincere condolences to Susan 
Ramsay Davis on the death of her moth- 
er, Barbara Heath Ramsay '35 in August. 

Sandy Stahl Thomas has been battling 
leukemia for 12 years and says that her 
husband has been her rock. Sandy's 
son, Douglas, is serving in Iraq with 
the army reserve. 

Reflecting on her birthday, Bette Unger 
Kiernan says, "This was my happiest 
birthday. My private psychotherapy 
practice is thriving, and an amazing 
new man is in my life. My two children 
are doing well. Life is good. Certainly 
Lasell was an important part of 
the preparation." 

Linda Welt Horowitz retired in May 
after 32 years of teaching. She says, "I 
am now weeding out the home we have 
lived in for 36 years in preparation for 
retiring to our condo in Puerto Vallarta. 


Arlene Ferreira Rego is retired and 
enjoying winters in Naples. She spends 
time with her two grandchildren who 
live in Key Largo. 

Kay Oppenheim Loomstein enjoys 
living in two places — St. Louis and 
Carlsbad, CA. She writes, "I think about 
my friends and the wonderful times at 
Lasell. The good old days!" 

Married for 39 years, Linda Peterssen 
Werner has four married children and 
one grandchild. For the last 18 years 
she has been a manager and buyer 
for a counted cross stitch shop in 
Pennsylvania. Linda says, "I can't believe 
time goes by so quickly." Linda keeps in 
touch with Joyce Arkwright Fliedner. 

Linda Pillarella West says plans are 
in the works for retirement and a 
move to Rhode Island in June. She 
has two grandchildren. 

"Life is good in Cape Porpoise, ME," 
writes Pat Tassinari Smith. 


Sandra Cramblet Cox says, "I am 
finally a grandmother. Sabrina was 
born in June." 


From Cleveland, an update from 
Judith Dubin Factor: "I am editor-in- 
chief of a small, non-profit, educational 
publishing house. I started the company 
six years ago. The work is challenging 
and interesting, and I am fortunate to 
have this exciting career at this 'empty 
nest' time of my life. I have been 
married to my husband for 33 years, 
and we have two married daughters, 
four grandchildren, and one engaged 
son. My daughters live in Israel, and 
we get there once or twice a year. They 
get to Cleveland at least once a year. 
With frequent phone calls and digital 
pictures the distance is not as hard as 
it might seem. I would love to hear 
from anyone who remembers. Lasell 
1966 was such a fascinating time to 
be a young woman in college." 

This year, Elizabeth FitzGerald Donovan 

completed 35 years with Polaroid Corp. 
Her one daughter is a senior in high 
school. She also has three stepdaughters 
and seven grandchildren. 

"Texas living has been wonderful," 
writes Nancy Naylor Busby. "I love 
being close to our children and grand- 
children. I have taken a job as a legal 
secretary. Now I wish I'd gotten more 
education in the legal secretary program 
at Lasell. Blessings to all." 


Gail Edwards Pocock's son is 

attending college. 

* 1967 Editor's Note: Kathy Morgan 
Lucey and Katie McDonough Ryan 
are "Calendar Girls" models. Please see 
page 16. 


Mary Anne Conboy has been selected 
as the Special Assistant to the Deputy 
Director of Human Resources at 
the U.S. Agency for International 
Development in Washington, DC. 
She is planning to retire in two years. 

Betsy Gimbel Ratner, an educational 
consultant, conducts workshops on 
topics such as "discovering happiness 
beyond loss, reducing stress and finding 
joy, and the art of healing." She makes a 
donation to the Huntington's Disease 
Society of America with each workshop 

Sharon Murphy is an office manager 
for a small accounting firm. She says, 
"I am now the proud grandmother of 
two boys." 


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Paula Finnegan Dickinson is a Reading 
Specialist/Title I Coordinator at Gilford 
Elementary School in New Hampshire. 
She and her husband have been mar- 
ried since 1977. Paula has two stepsons. 
After taking an architect's course, she 
designed and built their new home. 
Paula loves to motorcycle, run, ski, 
kayak, and sew. 


Barbara Kaiser Martens teaches second 
grade in Middletown, NY. She became a 
grandmother last June. Barbara says, "I 
think fondly of my two years at Lasell." 

Nancy Romberg Chiappetta is manager 
of the Rowayton, CT office of Fairfield 
County Bank. 

Cynthia Scalzi Brown's daughter has 
been selected to study history at Oxford 
University for her junior year. 

* 1972 Editor's Note: Jeanne Johnsen is 
a "Calendar Girls" model. Please see 
page 16. 


Julia McDonald Boliver has been 
married for 14 years and lives on 
Long Island. She has two daughters. 


Patricia Calvert O'Keefe is proud of 
her legacy line at Lasell: Diane Calvert 
Freeman '84, sister, and Amanda 
O'Keefe '08, daughter. 


Robin Hasekian is general manager 
of Filene's Providence Place store in 
Rhode Island. 


Dottie Faggas Powers '78 has been busy 
raising five daughters, ages 21, 18, 16, 
14, and 10. Aside from being a mom, 
Dorothy works part-time as an adminis- 
trative assistant and part-time at Ann 
Taylor. She says, "I have to keep my foot 
in retail!" Dorothy is looking forward to 
becoming re-involved with Lasell on a 
different level - as a Lasell parent. 

Donna Kelly- Williams is currently 
working as the night charge nurse on 
a general pediatric unit at Cambridge 
Hospital. She has been a direct patient 
caregiver for over 30 years. She is a can- 
didate for Director at-large, General of 
the Massachusetts Nurses Association. 


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Donna Stross Archer says living in 
London is a wonderful experience. "We 
are here for five years because of my 
husband's work. We kept our home in 
New Jersey which we come back to 
when we miss the U.S." Donna sends a 
special hello to Dawn Hayward. 


Lisa Alden Haley's daughter, Meghan 

Haley '08, is a freshman at Lasell. 

Virginia Minor O'Malley is a "gifted 
resource specialist" working with 
grades K-5. She is also a student at 
the University of Virginia. 

Class 0/1978 

Dottie Faggas Powers '78 (right) brings daughter, Annie Powers '08 (center), to Lasell 
to begin her freshman year. Along for the ride are two of Annie's sisters, Ashley Powers 
(left) and Molly Powers (front). 

Class Notes Spring 2005 

Class Notes 

Class 0/1983 

Class of '#3 mini-reunion in Rhode Island. (L to R) Lisa Adams Edwards, Joan 
O'Connor, Caroline Knoener-Skowronek, Julia Schaum Ortale, and Sue Senofonte Preis. 


"To Julia, Joan, Sue, and Mona — I 
loved our mini reunion this past 
summer," writes Caroline Knoener- 
Skowronek. "To all from the Class 
of 1983, before you know it the next 
reunion will be here. What a great time." 


Lauren Miller-Cartel is a human 
resource manager for a hospital in 
central Connecticut. 

An update from Janet Tambascio 
Weaver: "Hi to all my nursing friends, 
especially Dawne and Cathy. I am 
remarried to an old flame of 25 years 
ago! I have three children and I am still 
working at Children's Hospital in Boston 
(18 years now). I am one of three RNs in 
the Allergy/Immunology Ambulatory 
Clinic and loving it!" 


Jennifer Leonard Hahn has two 

stepchildren, Danny and Amanda. 


Lisa Hawks Rautiainen and her two 

daughters are enjoying family life 
with Lisa's new husband. Lisa is 
still working as a Protective Service 
Supervisor at a Cape Cod agency that 
investigates cases of abuse, neglect, 
and self-neglect in elders. 


Kim Bowser Zieran and her husband 
are both managers in the Taco Bell fast 
food chain. 

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Carolyn Piccolino Decker has been hap- 
pily married for more than seven years 

and living in Bartlett, IL. She has an 
MBA from the Keller Graduate School 
of Management and is now working 
toward an Ed.D. in Organizational 
Leadership from Argosy University. 
Carolyn says, "No kids yet, but we are 
starting to enjoy the finer things of life. 
This year we are planning on buying 
a Corvette." 


Susan Merz is director of a pre-school 

in Providence, RI. 

Brandi Robinson is a project coordina- 
tor for an environmental consulting 
company. She says, "I have never been 
married nor do I have any children. 
However, I met a great guy who is one 
of my best friends. We live together in 
my hometown of Swampscott, MA. It is 
good to be back home." 


"Still happily married and raising my 
family. I am up to four children now," 
writes Crystal Olson Petz. "I am think- 
ing about going to nursing school." 

Sheila Spitzak had been working as a 
physical therapy assistant and in high 
technology for almost 10 years when 
she decided to embark on a new adven- 
ture — hiking the entire Appalachian 
Trail. She started her hike on March 23, 
2004 in Springer, Georgia and ended 
on September 17, 2004 at Katahdin in 
Baxter State Park, Maine. The trail 
stretches 2,174 miles along the 
Appalachian Mountains. You can view 
Sheila at the summit drinking a toast 
to her adventure. The Alumni Office 
sends congrats to Sheila on an awesome 


For the last eight years, Shannon 
DeMello has been working as a PTA. 
She is currently pursuing a degree as a 
Registered Nurse. 


Patricia Beck Bishop will never forget 
her wedding day for many reasons. 
She says, "It was the day of the first 
snowstorm of the season." Patti met 
her husband, Jeff, when they were both 
working at Lasell. 


Kathryn Duffy is teaching kindergarten 
at the Country School in Weston, MA. 

Michelle Miller Smith married her high 
school sweetheart, and together they 
opened an Italian restaurant. They 
recently bought a house, and Michelle 
started a family day care. 

Our sincere condolences to Carissa 
Templeton on the death of her 

* 1998 Editor's Note: Urit Chaimovitz 
and Carissa Templeton are "Calendar 
Girls" models. Please see page 16. 


Jaime Johnson Burge started her own 
event planning company on Cape Cod. 
She plans weddings, parties, seminars, 
meetings, golf tournaments, and more. 

Melissa Melendez is an investigator for 
the Department of Social Services in 
Lawrence, MA. She is completing her 
Master's in Social Work with a concen- 
tration in end-of-life care at Salem State 
College. Melissa has two sons. She says, 
"I look forward to visiting Lasell. I hear 
it has changed dramatically." 

* 1999 Editor's Note: Jennifer Brooks and 
Janna M. O'Brien are "Calendar Girls" 

models. Please see page 16. 

Class 0/1995 

2000 T S 

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Mary Crowley Boughman got married 
in Maine and spent her honeymoon in 
St. Lucia. She and her husband are now 
living in Lancaster, MA. 

Priscilla Drakeford Powers is married 
and the mother of "two wonderful little 
boys." She bought a house in New 
Hampshire and owns a travel agency. 

Yadira Hernandez just returned from 
active duty, serving in Iraq. 

Shakira Watson King is an executive 
board member of the Massachusetts 
Association for Women in Education 
(MAWE). Each year she is responsible 
for coordinating the fall conference. 


Carrie Trombley Gardner writes, "I have 
been married for two years and have my 
own third grade classroom. My husband 
and I are closing on our own little 
condo in my hometown. We have two 
'children' (meow!), and we are getting 
two more!" 

Paul Lively is managing a pool business 
in Maryland. 

Lacey Stegmaier Keogh and her hus- 
band met while working for the same 
airline. They moved to Phoenix and 
bought their first home. 


* 200} Editor's Note: Carla Mercurio and 
Laura Miller Schneider are "Calendar 
Girls" models. Please seepage 16. 


Michelle Bartlett and Amber King are 

roommates living in Allston, MA. 
Michelle works as a nanny and is 
involved with her church youth group. 

Bonnie Chan Thibeault was one of the 

first two graduates of Lasell' s Master of 
Science program with a concentration 
in elder care. She and her husband live 
in Colorado Springs. 

Katelyn Macllvane is manager of Studio 
Mac in her hometown of Windsor, CT 

Amy Sprague is a buyer of sporting 
goods apparel for Cadillac Mountain 
Sports in Maine. 

Our sincere condolences to Jenn 
Toscano whose dad passed away 
in August. 

* 2004 Editor's Note: Jason Soldo and 
Jenn Toscano are "Calendar Girls" models. 
Please see page 16. 

An amazing accomplishment! At the 
summit of the Appalachian Mountains, 
Sheila Spitzak '95 drinks a toast to her 
6-month hike across the entire 
Appalachian Trail. 

Class Notes Spring 2005 

Class Notes 

Legacies at Lasell 

Lasell has a proud tradition of leader- 
ship, community, and family. A record 
number of legacy students are currently 
attending the College — a powerful testi- 
mony to the education and experience 
that their relatives received. 

The Alumni Office is trying to compile a 
complete list of our legacy alumni. If you 
are a member of this group (mother, 
daughter, aunt, uncle, sister etc.), please 
contact us with the information, giving 
us your name, relationship, and class 
year. We can be reached at (617) 243- 
2139 or email us at 


This year there are nine legacy students on campus. Pictured above are four: 
(L to R) Jessica Olivier (Paula Mastin Faria '84, aunt), Amanda O'Keefe 
(Patricia Calvert O'Keefe '74, mother, and Diane Calvert Freeman '84, aunt), 
Meghan Haley (Lisa Alden Haley '82, mother), and Melissa Galvin (Valerie 
Stevanazzi Galvin '81, mother). 

Missing: Talia Boyajian (Valerie Boyajian Camiel 'Si, aunt), Timothy Cartland 
(Elaine Vogel Cartland '72, mother), Michael Goldstein (Sharon Kissler Goldstein, 
mother, attended '7 4-' 7 5), Anne Powers (Dorothy Faggas Powers '78, mother), 
Anna Warner (Elizabeth Pynchon Warner '77, mother). 

A New Alumni 
Directory is in 
the Works! 

In an effort to bring alumni from 
around the globe back together, we are 
excited to announce the publication of 
an all-new Alumni Directory. Scheduled 
for release in the summer of 2006, 
our Alumni Directory will be the most 
up-to-date and complete reference of 
more than 11,000 Lasell College grads 
ever compiled! 

The new addition will list alumni alpha- 
betically, by class year, by geographic 
location, and by occupation in our 
special career networking session. 

The Alumni Office has chosen the 
Bernard C. Harris Publishing Company 
to produce this special edition. Harris 
will soon begin researching and 
compiling the data to be included in 
the directory by mailing a questionnaire 
to all alumni. Please fill it out and return 
it as soon as you receive it. 

With your participation, the 2006 
edition of the Lasell College Alumni 
Directory is sure to be a great success. 


Former Dean 

Class of 1977 

Ruth Rothenberger Harris at her goth 
birthday party. 

Thanks to everyone who sent Ruth 
Rothenberger Harris 90th birthday 
wishes this past October. Sadly, she 
passed away on December 21, 2004. 
Dean at Lasell for many years, she 
received over 130 birthday messages and 
said, "You can imagine the variety of 
memories that were conjured up. I am 
so pleased that so many of you have had 
such interesting and productive lives 
and that you shared your memories and 
a piece of your life with me." 

Class of 1935 

Barbara Brewer. 

Barbara Ordway Brewer '35 passed away 
on December 18, 2004. Barbara had a 
lifetime association with the College and 
she was one of its most consistent sup- 
porters. Barbara was a Corporator of the 
College, past president of the Alumni 
Association, a member of the Alumni 
Board of Management, and a member of 
the Heritage Society. She worked for 

nine years in the Alumni Office, and 
was awarded the Lasell Medallion in 
1985. Barbara served as co-chairman of 
the College's centennial celebration in 
1951. In recent years she could be found 
hard at work in the Winslow Archives, 
giving unstintingly of her time. 

She was the daughter of the late Earl 
Ordway, the half-brother of Guy and E.J. 
Winslow. Earl was the coach of Lasell's 
crew, supervisor of buildings and 
grounds for many years, and served on 
the Board of Trustees. Ordway House is 
named in his honor. 

Barbara was always willing to share her 
stories of Lasell. Her senior year she was 
named "most personality," a trait she 
carried throughout her life. She went on 
to the University of Vermont where she 
graduated in 1937. 

A fund is being established in Barbara's 
memory to name furnishings in her 
honor at the completion of the Archives 
expansion project (see article on page 3). 
If you would like to make a donation in 
memory of Barbara Ordway Brewer, 
please send a check made out to "Lasell 
College" and mail to the Office of 
Institutional Advancement, Lasell 
College, 1844 Commonwealth Avenue, 
Newton, MA 02466. 

Anne Hiatt was a woman with a spirit 
of adventure and soaring interests, 
which included reaching the North Pole. 

Anne Wechsler Hiatt '77 died on March 
5, 2005. A graduate of Vassar College, 
Anne enrolled in Lasell's nursing 
program when she was in her forties. 
She was impressed by the rigor of the 
program as well as by the varied cross 
sections represented by her fellow 
students. After receiving her degree, 
she went on to hospice work. Caring 
for others was her priority and as a 
member of Lasell's Board of Trustees 
she was impressed by the College's 
commitment to public service. She 
was a generous supporter of the Lasell 
150 Campaign and was always interested 
in keeping up with the changes and 
growth of the College. 

Class Notes Spring 2005 

Class Notes 


Nancy Kittell Martin '53 to Warren 
Johnson on October 2, 2004 

Patricia McKinnon Williams '61 to 
Rodney Dernavich on February 18, 

Janet Tambascio Weaver '85 to John 
Holleran on July 18, 2003 

Anne Cwalinski '86 to Neil Kupiec on 
September 25, 2004 

Lisa Hawks Gillum '87 to Markku 
Rautiainen on September 4, 2004 

Kimberly Bowser '89 to Joseph Zieran 
on October 30, 2004 

Jane Tinkham '90 to Rich Couch on 
September 28, 2002 

Susan Maruca '95 to Thomas Grady 

Michelle Sirles '95 to Jason Aiken 

Karla Bourgault '96 to William Russell 
on July 24, 2004 

Susann Myers '96 to David Sheehan on 
October 10, 2003 

Patricia Beck '97 to Jeffrey Bishop on 
November 13, 2004 

Heather Bohn '98 to Norimitsu Harada 
on August 23, 2003 

Carrie Sas '98 to Thomas Leonard on 
June 18, 2004 

Mary Crowley '00 to Jamie Boughman 
on October 23, 2004 

Heidi Lewis '01 to Brian Smith '02 on 
May 8, 2004 

Lacey Stegmaier '02 to Stephen Keogh 
on September 4, 2004 

Allison Boland '04 to Jeffery Auerbach 

Bonnie Chan '04 to Andre Thibeault on 
August 2i, 2004 

Salyn Chhay '04 to Ngoy Inn on May 8, 


Lori Luttazi Siganoff '88, a son, 
Benjamin Michael Phillip, on October 5, 

Jo Anne Cleveland Mosher '89, a 

daughter, Abigail Mary, on March io, 

Elizabeth Bottinick Margolin '93, a son, 
Jack David, on March 2, 2004 

Vielkis Gonzalez '95, a daughter, Imani 
Renea, on September 22, 2004 

Heather Bohn Harada '98, a daughter, 
Lilly Noel, on November 26, 2003 

Jaime Johnson Burge '99, a son, Reese 
Cameron, on October 30, 2004 


Priscilla Wolfe Scarth '23 

on September 21, 2004 

Margaret Kenney Reardon '28 

on November 18, 2004 

Mary Groff Cooper '29 

Gwendolyn McDonald Black '29 

on February 27, 2005 

Marion Johnson '31 

on September 7, 2004 

Helen Fitch Foley '32 

Virginia Leahy Berwick '34 

on January 26, 2005 

Barbara Heath Ramsay '35 

on August 22, 2004 

Barbara Ordway Brewer '35 

on December 18, 2004 

Caroline Smith Goodwin '35 

on October 15, 2004 

Mabel Swift Moore '35 

on August 14, 2004 

Elizabeth Kobrock Rawstron '36 

on September 2, 2004 

Marjorie Gilbert Wiggin '37 

on January 21, 2005 

Winifred Aldrich Chapoton '38 

on October 4, 2004 

Priscilla Greene Quirk '39 

on January 20, 2005 

Eleanor Parmer Farrar '39 

on July 20, 2004 

Marjorie Millard Crooker '40 
on August 6, 2004 

Margaret Kuhns '40 

on November n, 2004 

Marian Berry '41 

on October 31, 2004 

Dorothy Martin Berdan '41 

on July 19. 2004 

Marie MacGregor Woodward '41 

on October 13, 2004 

Janice Demaree Nickerson '42 

on June 8, 2004 

Sybil Feinberg Stone '42 

on September 17, 2004 

Connie Lynch Walsh '42 

on October 14, 2004 

Barbara McDowell Bushway Lee '42 

on July 16, 2004 

Anne Patterson Twogood '42 

on June 26, 2004 

Audrey Herrmann Edgett '43 

in March 2004 

Ruth Butterfield Weeks '44 

on October 5, 2004 

Mary Martin Ross '44 

on April 10, 2003 

Shirley Franklin Soydemir '45 

on November 5, 2004 

Susan Gates Campbell '45 

on June 22, 2004 

Betty Kelleher Dorsey '45 

on May 22, 2004 

Carolyn Kesseli Nargesian '45 

in October 2004 

Belle Pelletier '45 

on September 17, 2004 

Jean Wilson Anderson '45 

on July 31, 2004 

Beverly Briggs Wente '46 

on September 5, 2004 

Lucy Clark Winant '46 

on July 18, 2004 

Yvonne Johnson Vinton '46 

Carolyn Stuart Scantlebury '46 

on September 14, 2004 

Kathryn Woolaver Parsons '46 

on October 13, 2004 

Eleanor Clark Lacedonia '47 

on September 28, 2004 

Jane Lupien Nelson '47 

on December 24, 2004 

Barbara Shea Driscoll '47 

on January 5, 2005 

Janice Bickford Van Syckle '48 

on July 30, 2004 

Phyllis Clay '48 

on September 26, 2004 

Jeanne Daley Sundin '48 

on January 28, 2005 

Helen Lalooses Gianoulis '48 

on September 1, 2000 

Marjorie Young Peters '49 

on December 1, 2004 

Jeanne Zedren Scott '49 

in April 2004 

Janet Debbs Waldele '50 

in 2001 

Lois Form Senft '50 

on May 4, 2004 

Joan Koch Ryan '50 

on December 4, 2004 

Marion Finke Berntson '51 

on July 5, 2004 

Joanne Zeigler Dupen '51 

on January 21, 2004 

Barbara Ayrault Wilder '52 

on September 25, 2003 

Carol Frank Sweeney '52 

in January 2001 

Elizabeth Nuovo Johnson '53 

on January 13, 2005 

Rosemarie Lochiatto Billy '54 

on September 12, 2004 

Marjorie Nelson Stawarky '57 

on July 2, 2004 

Carole Cohen Wexler '59 

in October 2004 

Ruth Giroux Piotti '59 

Linda Trask George '64 

on April 17, 2001 

Nancy Rehfuss Goldberg '72 

on April 29, 2004 

Anne Wechsler Hiatt '77 

on March 5, 2005 

Mary Hanlon Ross '78 

on July 27, 2004 

Lisa Kellogg '80 

on September 1, 2004 

Carolyn Allen, former staff, 

on July 28, 2004 

Jeanne Cousins, former faculty 

Dr. Ruth Rothenberger Harris, former 
dean, on December 21, 2004 

Class Notes Spring 2005 

CampUS Update 

Fulbright Linkages Exchange 

Professor Tito Mata Vicencio Comes To Lasell 

Professor Tito Mata Vicencio. 

■ or two weeks this November a familiar 
face could be found on the Lasell 
Campus. Tito Antonio Mata Vicencio, a 
professor at the University of Veracruz, 
Mexico, Language Center in Orizaba, 
visited as part of a Fulbright grant that 
both his college and Lasell received 
under the "US-Mexico School Linkages" 
program. "The purpose of this program 
is to promote mutual understanding 
between Mexico and the United States 
through service activities and cross- 
cultural team work," Tito explains. 

During the 2001 fall semester, Tito was 
a visiting Fulbright Professor at Lasell. 

He taught beginning and intermediate 
Spanish, giving his students an opportu- 
nity to practice their language skills with 
a native speaker. 

Tito is actively involved in Lasell s 
annual January service-learning trip to 
Mexico. While here he met with this 
year's January participants and dis- 
cussed cross-cultural misunderstand- 
ings such as stereotypes that other 
countries have about Americans. He 
also met with these students individual- 
ly to discover their particular interests 
and motivations so that appropriate 
homestays in Orizaba could be found. 

"Through the Internet, fall course 
sessions at Lasell and Orizaba Language 
Center have been linked in order to 
enhance instructional capacity and 
curriculum components," Tito explains. 
"I have also visited the Lasell Learning 
Center to see how faculty help students 
with specific learning problems and to 
bring these findings back to Orizaba." 

As part of the Fulbright Linkages 
Exchange, two other Mexican faculty 
members will be coming to Lasell and 
using Boston area facilities for research. 
Their presence on campus expands the 
partnership between these countries. W 

Faculty/Staff Updates 

Sarah Barnes, 

Associate Professor 
in the Fashion/ 
Retail program, has 
designed a line of 
jewelry called 
SarahDipiti for many 
occasions, including bridal, honeymoon, 
first communion, confirmation, Bat 
Mitzvah, and graduation. Sarah is 
also selling her bridal line in a bridal 
boutique in Wayland, Massachusetts. 

^r m.. Diane Bellavance, 

an Instructor in Law, 
Policy and Society 
in the Information 
Technology and 
Computer Science 
program, wrote her 
dissertation on the socioeconomic 
impact of computer home-based work 
on dual income husbands and wives and 
their family members. The first 25 pages 
of her dissertation are available for 
reading online at: 

Lisa Bortman, 

Associate Professor, 
Allied Health and 
Sports Studies, and 
Dean for the School 
of Allied Health and 
Sports Studies, 
recently fulfilled requirements for 
her Ed.D. degree, which will be awarded 
in May 2005. The tide of her dissertation 
is "Academic Engagement and 
Involvement in First Year Seminar: 
Faculty-Student Relationships and 
Effective Pedagogical Practices." 

^^^^ Chad A. Clements, 

j^ ^^ MS, ATC, Lasell's 

j|9 «»| Head Athletic 

Trainer, will be 
presenting (with col- 
leagues) a research 
project tided, "A 
Comparison of Quadriceps Muscle 
Activity in Open Kinetic Chain vs. 
Closed Kinetic Chain Exercises at 
Different Knee Angles in College- 
Aged Female Athletes," at the annual 
American Physical Therapy Association 
Symposium in Boston, June 4-5. 

Deborah Gelch, 

reports many posi- 
tive improvements 
in the computing 
and technology 
front including a 
greater reliance on 
time-saving online applications, such as 
online final grading, online mid-term 
progress reports, online math and 
English placement tests, and a brand 
new look and feel to "MyLasell," the 
informative, go-to Intranet. Additionally, 
Deborah reports, the IT Help Desk 
boasts a new support structure to better 
serve faculty, students, and staff in a 
timely and efficient way. 

Director of Financial 
Aid, Michele 
Kosboth has been 
selected to serve on 
Citizens Banks' 
Education Finance 
advisory board. 

Drs. Sharyn 
and Tessa 
leRoux were 
at the Mass 
Bay Community College Faculty 
Development Day on February 10. Their 
talk was on ways to incorporate service 
learning in the classroom. 

Marsha Mirkin, 

Ph.D., who teaches 
"Counseling and 
Case Management" 
in the School of 
Arts and Sciences, 
will present her 
work on immigrant families at the joint 
American Family Therapy Academy- 
International Family Therapy Association 
conference this June. She will also give 
a workshop about loss and healing at 
the New Jersey Multicultural Family 
Institute's annual conference in April. 
Her new book, "The Women who 
Danced by the Sea: Finding Ourselves in 
the Stories of our Biblical Foremothers," 
was recentiy released. 

Nancy Waldron, 

Assistant Professor 
in the School of 
Business and 
Science received her 
Ph.D. in September. 
The tide of her dissertation was 
"Entrepreneurial Orientation and its 
Relation to the Internalization of Small 
Business Manufacturing Enterprises in 
New England." 

Lasell is pleased to 
welcome Associate 
Professor Catherine 
Zeek as the new 
Chair of Lasell's 
Department of 
Education. Dr. Zeek 
recentiy moved to this area from the 
Dallas, Texas area, where, at Texas 
Woman's University, she served as chair 
of the department of reading. Prior to 
that, she taught at Texas A&M — 
Commerce; and earlier, she taught 
first- and second-graders in Texas. She 
originally worked in the field of finance 
and accounting in the Dallas area. 

Catherine Zeek holds B.A. and M.A. 
degrees from Austin College, an M.B.A. 
degree from Southern Methodist 
University, and a doctorate in supervi- 
sion, curriculum, and instruction from 
Texas A&M — Commerce. 

"My research interest is in effective 
professional development for pre-service 
and practicing teachers," she reports. 
This spring Dr. Zeek will present two 
papers, one tided "Developing Teacher 
Educators: A Partnership for Sustaining 
Effective Teachers" at the American 
Association of Colleges for Teacher 
Education and "Induction Within a 
Professional Development School: 
Democratic Processes/Proven Practices" 
and will be presented at the American 
Educational Research Association in April. 

"I'm excited to be at Lasell," Dr Zeek 
says. "I've enjoyed meeting students, 
faculty, and staff, and look forward 
to working closely with colleagues 
to continually improve our teacher 
preparation program." e 

Spring 2005 

Lasell Leaves I "X 

CampUS Update 

They Give You Fever! 

Faculty and Staff Jazz Croup Makes Its Debut 

The new Jazz Group at its rousing Lasell Village opening. 

All through the fall, in the basement of 
Yamawaki, the sounds of jazz seeped 
out through a practice room door. Under 
the guidance of Harvey Finstein, a 
Newton jazz musician who heads the 
Harvey Finstein School of Jazz, five 
enthusiastic members of the Lasell com- 
munity met every Monday to rehearse 
in preparation for their December debut. 

"This is so different from the way I've 
been trained," said Celeste Harring, 
assistant to Lasell Village's Dean Paula 
Panchuck. "I've been studying voice 
for years but this is totally impromptu." 
However, when she and Professor 
Richard Dodds do scat in "All Blues" 
by Miles Davis, it sounds like they're 
experienced hands. 

"Back in the Mesozoic era," laughs 
Richard, "I played piano, sang in a 
io-man a capella group in college, and 
played bass trombone in my high school 
jazz ensemble. It has been such fun to 
watch and learn from Harvey, and getting 
to know my fellow faculty and student 
musicians has been an added bonus." 

Other members of the band are profes- 
sors Jeff Corcoran and Becky Kennedy 
while Sean McCullen '07 keeps the beat 
on the drums. 

"I've been playing guitar since college," 
says Jeff. "Although my favorite music is 
rock and roll, I used to work in a record 
store and listened to jazz there. If s been 
awesome being able to take advantage of 
Harvey's expertise. He's shown me 
some new ways to play and helped me 
to understand more about improvisa- 
tion. Now I find myself listening to jazz 
music to try and learn about the great 
jazz guitarists who have played through- 
out the years." 

Becky has classical piano training but, 
"my most important musical activity is 
accompanying my son, who is studying 
jazz guitar," she laughs. 

Sean had no trouble being the only stu- 
dent member of the group. "It's been 
great getting to know faculty members 
on an out-of-class basis," he says. 
Carrying a full course load, practicing 
his music, and playing on the volleyball 
team gives him a very full schedule. 

The group's first public appearance was 
at Lasell Village where they played to a 
packed house with a performance that 
was dedicated to the late Margaret S. 
Ward, mother of Margaret E. Ward, wife 
of President Tom de Witt. The following 
day they appeared at the President's 
annual Christmas party. % 

Clean Machines Initiative 

Perfigo Keeps Viruses at Bay 

IT Chief Deborah Gelch got some ink 
recently when she was quoted in a news 
release for Perfigo, an innovative provider 
of network security and control solu- 
tions, which helps hundreds of colleges 
and universities — including Lasell — 
to evaluate and clean these devices 
before access is granted. 

Deb talked with the San Francisco, 
California company about the burden 
faced by her network staff when students 

and faculty bring their personal 
computers and handhelds, many of 
which are infected with worms and virus- 
es, onto the campus computer network. 

"Fully 80 percent of all spam is relayed 
through home computers that are con- 
taminated with Trojan horse infections 
and connected to broadband accounts 
(Source: The Register)," the news release 
read. "Students returning to college 
campuses can bring these contaminated 

devices onto the network, where they mul- 
tiply and infect the rest of the network." 

Perfigo's CleanMachines is the network 
solution that Lasell's IT department 
deploys. The news release continues: 

"The beginning of the semester is 
typically an incredibly busy time for us 
as most students return with infected 
computers, and have neglected to install 
important Microsoft® Windows® updates," 

said Deborah Gelch, CIO at Lasell 
College. "Just detecting these infected 
and vulnerable computers is not enough 
— we had to simplify the repair process 
or risk generating even more work for 
our ITeam Help Desk. With Perfigo 
installed this year, we have enjoyed 
a much smoother back-to-school 
process with virtually no worm or 
virus incidents." W 

Popularity Surges 

110 Students Sign Up For Intramural Flag Football 

Slipping and sliding in the snow, the intramural flag football final is a close contest. 

On fall Sundays, shouts of encourage- 
ment and referee whistles echoed 
across Taylor Field as six flag football 
teams met in hard-fought competition. 
By the time the final tournament 
arrived, so had the first snowfall of 
the season but this did not dampen 
the competitors' spirits. 

Intramural sports are designed for the 
students on campus who might not 
have the ability or the time to compete 
in varsity sports, but want the fun of 
playing in a team environment. It also 

draws in Sport Management majors 
who fulfill pre-practicum hours by 
serving as referees. 

The spring intramural sports are 
basketball and whiffle ball. "It's 
great to have so much interest," says 
Coach Chris Harvey. "With so many 
participating, we've decided to create a 
championship trophy that will become 
legendary over time. Each winning team 
will have a photo taken that will be 
placed in the new Campus Center 
along with the frophy itself." If 

I4 Lasell Leaves 

Spring 2005 

Allimni Relations 

Office of Alumni Relations 

1844 Commonwealth Avenue 
Newton, MA 02466-2716 
(617) 243-2139 
fax (617) 243-2383 
cell (617) 291-5786 

A Message from Karen Gill, 
Director of Alumni Relations 

Dear Reunion Alums: 

Plans are well underway for this year's 
Reunion. Many classes have lots of 
email networks in progress and are 
finding that it's a great way to stay in 
contact even after Reunion is just a 
wonderful memory. I encourage you 
to all log onto our Alumni Online 
Community at 
(see the back page of Leaves for 
more details) and look up your old 
friends and make plans to come back 
to Auburndale. 

We want you to come — your friends 
will be here and they want you to come. 
Your presence at Lasell enriches us all. 



September 2004: alumni went to 
Fenway Park to see the Sox win! 

Karen B. Gill 

Director of Alumni Relations 

Upcoming Alumni Dates 

Several events are still being 
confirmed. Please check the website 
or call for further information. 

Syracuse, NY - Luncheon - June n 

Boston Pops at Symphony Hall 
with Keith Lockhart - June 22 

Greater Boston Area - Recent 
Graduate Networking Event - June 28 

Red Sox at Fenway Park - July 1 8 

Tanglewood - Boston Symphony 
Orchestra - August 14 

Connecticut Valley - Hartford area - 
September 11 

Cape Cod - October - TBA 

New York City - "Chocolate Lovers' 
Talk and Tasting" - October - TBA 

Beverly, MA - North Shore Music 
theatre - "the Full Monty" - 
November 20 

From the President of the Alumni Association 

Lasell Alumni, Inc. 

1844 Commonwealth Avenue 
Newton, MA 02466-2716 
(617) 243-2139 
fax (617) 243-2383 

Dear Fellow Alums: 

So, if s that time of year again. This is my 
fourth letter as President of the Alumni 
Association Board of Management. If 
you are a regular reader of the Leaves, 
you already know the many accomplish- 
ments of our students, staff, faculty 
and administration. You are aware of 
the numerous changes over the past 
five years; you dorft need me to tell 
you about the newest building. You 
also dorft need me to tell you about 
contributing to the Annual Fund. You 
already hear from our development 
office about that. So, I decided you 

needed to hear more about the Lasell 
Alumni Board of Management and 
exactly what we do. Because, before I 
joined the Board, I had no idea what 
they did. To be perfectly honest, I 
wasn't sure what to expect even after 
I joined. 

About 18 months ago, the Board took a 
long, hard look at our mission state- 
ment. We wanted to make sure it 
embodied everything we currently do 
and could ever want to accomplish. Put 
simply, our mission is to promote a 
spirit of fellowship among the students, 
graduates, faculty, administration and 
supporters of Lasell College through 
alumni-sponsored events and recogni- 
tion programs. 

There is one piece of this I would like 
to focus on — the spirit of fellowship 
among our graduates. I recently had 
dinner with two former classmates. 
Between the three of us, there were 
probably half a dozen classmates about 
whom we each wondered, "Whatever 
happened to her? What do you think 
she's doing now?" We may not have 
been good friends with those we were 
asking about, but we spent four years 
together. Thaf s longer than some mar- 
riages now. In other words, inquiring 
minds want to know! 

The Alumni Association wants to know 
how you are, where you are, what you 
are doing, anything you want to share. 

We are here to promote this fellowship, 
put people back in touch with each other. 

So how do you do this? I'm so 
glad you asked. Visit us online at There you can 
submit information to the Class Notes, 
see what's going, etc. Those of you not 
connected to the Internet can send 
information to Emily Alter, Assistant 
Director of Alumni Relations, via snail 
mail (a.k.a. the post office.) 

You can also participate in any of our 
alumni events. Some of our recent 
events have included Red Sox games, 
a trip to Mohegan Sun Casino, an 
afternoon to see Phantom of the Opera 

in Boston, and also Reunion Weekend. 
If there is something you would like to 
do, let us know. These events are for 
you, the alumni. They are a chance for 
you to meet different alums, plus catch 
up with old friends. 

So I hope you will take this opportunity 
to tell us a little more about yourself. 
You never know who might be looking 
to find you. 

ofc .©d^&uJiop- 

Patti Beck Bishop, Class of '97 
President, Lasell Alumni, Inc. 

This January, a group of alumni lent their support to the Laser basketball teams (I to r) 
Erin Andrews '00, Jessica Anthony '98, Urit Chaimovitz '98, Nancye Van Deusen 
Connor '57, and Debbie Lestch '95. 

Spring 2005 


Lasell Leaves 

Alumni Relations 

A Picture Perfect Experience 

Alumni Blossom Into "Calendar Girls" 

With a wave ofhercap,JeanneJohnsen 'j2 poses for "Calendar Girls." 

5ome call it bodacious and daring while 
others are saying, simply, "What fun!" 

No matter what one calls it, the new 
2006 calendar being sold by the 
Lasell Board of Management to raise 
money for student scholarships is 
anything but your grandmother's 
annual wall calendar. 

Inspired by the hit movie, "Calendar 
Girls," which recounts the true story 
of 12 prim and proper English women 
who turned the creation of their annual 
calendar into a fundraising bonanza by 
posing discreedy in the "all-together," 
the Office of Alumni Relations and Lasell 
Alumni Inc. have collaborated on their 
very own version of a "Calendar Girls" 
calendar with a similar, humorous twist. 

"We dared to be ourselves — totally, if 
you get my drift" laughed one, suddenly 
shy, alum, who posed in the almost-all- 
together to celebrate her love for Lasell 
and her sense of camaraderie with 
her fellow alums. "It was a blast!" she 
freely admits. 

Alumni calendar models — including 
one man — represented classes from 
the 1930's to now: Arlene Wishart 
Sylvester '38, Jean Michael Petersen '39, 
Ruth Turner Crosby '42/H'92, Joan 
Hanson Blake '46, Helen Richter 
Hanson '46, Ginny Terhune Hersom 
'46, Anne Blake Perkins '46, Lynn 
Blodgett Williamson '46, Jackie 
Paulding Hauser '50, Joy Stewart 
Rice '55, Louise Harrison Leader '59, 
Linda Telfer '60, Kathy Morgan Lucey 
'67, Katie McDonough Ryan '67, 
Jeanne Johnsen '72, Urit Chaimovitz 
'98, Carissa Templeton '98, Jennifer 
Brooks '99, Janna M. O'Brien '99, 
Carla Mercurio '03, Laura Miller 
Schneider '03, Jason Saldo '04, and 
Jenn Toscano '04. 

Jeanne Johnsen '72, who never, in her 
wildest dreams, imagined herself a sub- 
ject of a picture calendar, was just a 
woman who couldn't say no. 

"Well, at first, it started as a joke. As a 
member of the Office of Institutional 
Advancement involved in producing the 
calendar, I was asked, in a kidding man- 
ner, if I would pose, and I kidded back 
and said, 'Sure, I'll do it,' and everyone 
in the office was very surprised!" 

"Dumbfounded, is more like it," kids 
Karen Gill, the director of Alumni 
Relations. "We were totally thrilled that 
Jeanne agreed to participate." 

In the end, Jeanne Johnsen insists she 
felt no hesitation in posing for the cal- 
endar. "Of course, I didn't know I'd be 
in twice — on the cover and also as 
November," she laughs. 

"I had a great time, laughing, stopping 
traffic on Commonwealth Avenue, try- 
ing to keep a straight face during the 
entire shoot," she confides of the cover 
shot that had her pose behind the quar- 
ter board Lasell sign in front of the 
Admission Office. 

And so how does she feel about the 
final product? 

"My photo is tame compared to some 
of the others, I can't believe some of the 
shots," she marvels. "I think the calen- 
dar is terrific!" Besides, she adds, "I 
wanted to help the Alumni Association 
because I know how important it is to 
raise money for scholarships." 

Janna O'Brien '99 couldn't resist the 
offer to be in the calendar, particularly 
since "my three best friends from school 
would be as bare as I was going to be. It 

was so funny, the night before, we looked 
through some items for the shoot at Urit 
Chaimovitz's ('98) house and practiced." 
The next day, the women had a blast, 
"laughing at the ridiculous poses. The 
experience was a wonderful one," says 
Janna. She was grateful "to do something 
that can help the community that had a 
hand in educating me and gave me a 
great reason to create even more memo- 
ries. I really enjoyed my time at Lasell, 
and LOVE spending time with 'the 
girls,'" she says of her fellow alums. 

Jennifer Brooks '99, too, values the 
experience for "the memories. What 
better reason then to be 'naked' with 
your friends for a good cause?" 

And to serve as photographer on the 
project, Karen Gill used her consider- 
able persuasive powers to enlist alumna, 
Linda Telfer '60. 

"What made me say yes to the project?" 
laughs Linda. "Are you kidding? 
Karen Gill sat on me and Emily Alter 
(assistant director of Alumni Relations) 
twisted both my arms! Actually, Emily 
approached me in June about photo- 
graphing the project. It sounded 
interesting as long as I had some 
control of what to photograph." But 

Linda never expected to also pose for 
the calendar. "I was a back-up but never 
expected to make the final 12!," 
she admits. 

"Great care was taken to select the sites 
on campus," Linda continues. "We visit- 
ed all sites and picked ones that we felt 
would be interesting and recognizable 
to graduates, regardless of age. I had a 
blast. Just about every group or model 
was easy to work with and we had more 
fun than a barrel of monkeys! Alums 
are wonderful people!" 

The final result of this unique undertak- 
ing is that the calendars have been 
flying off the shelves, so great is their 
appeal to fun-loving alums. "Katie 
(Ryan) and I had a great time shooting 
the picture," exults Kathy Lucey '67. 
"We had a lot of laughs — as you can 
tell by the grins on our Ms. October 
Faces!! I saw the final product at the 
Board of Management meeting last 
month and purchased five," she reports. 
"I'll maybe get more! I think it is a great 
thing and I hope it makes a lot of 
money for student scholarships." 

For your copy of Lasell' s 2006 "Calendar 
Girls," please contact Emily Alter at or call 617-243-2467. e 

Volunteer Reunion Coordinators 

'30 - 75th 

Alumni Office 

'35 ■ 70th 

Kay Peck Dietler 

'40 - 65th 

Ruth Fulton Rardin 

'45 - 60th 

Dru Roberts Bickford 

Sue Slocum Klingbeil 

'50 - 55th 

Jackie Paulding Hauser 

Jean Davies Stanley 

'55 - 50th 

Jackie Cain Sheils 

'6o - 45th 

Faith Bowker-Maloney 

'65 - 40th 

Elisse Allinson Share 

'70 - 35th 

Nora Jean Canslen 

'75 ■ 3 otn 

Rosanna Cafarella Greco 

'80 - 25th 

Alumni Office 

'85 - 20th 

Clair McCarthy Dalton 

'90 - 15th 

Alumni Office 

'95 - 10th 

Debbie Lestch 

'oo - 5th 

Shakira Watson King 


Lasell Leaves 

Spring 2005 

Alumni Relations 

Florida — February 2005 — At all Florida events, 

Professor Richard Dodds presented 

"The Nifty Information Technology Stuff Happening at Lasell." 

Sarasota — Hosted by Howard and Nancy Goodman Cobin '55. 

Punta Gorda — Hosted by Charlie and Carolyn Wood 
Brox '59 in their home. Dottie Mills Graef '50 and Barbara 
Goodwin Flint '44 were co-hosts. 

Boca Raton — Hosted at the Broken Sound Club by Barry 
and Diane Jacobson Rosenberg '56 (I). They are joined by 
Betty Fleer Cooper '44 and Lee Gamble Stanley '45. 

Bonita Springs — Hosted by Doug and B.J. Culver Thomson 
'48 and Jim and Judy Tracy Shanahan '48 at the Estero Bay 
Park House. 

Delray Beach — Peggy Boyd Greene '30, Lee Gamble 
Stanley '45, Tom de Witt, Betty Fleer Cooper '44 and 
Mary Shiveley Hiss '}}. 

Vero Beach — Boston Pops Concert conducted by Keith 
Lockhart. Reception hosted by Trustee Martha Garshman 
Spector '71. 

Fall Alumni Events 

These alums got an "up close and personal view" of the inside 
working of the CNN TV studio in New York City. 

Urit Chaimovitz 'g8 shares some gambling tips at the 
Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticutt. 

Spring 2005 

Lasell Leaves 17 

Bragdotl 1 1 Campaign News 

Campaign for Bragdon Successfully Raises $5 Million 

Major Gifts and 
Planned Giving 

1844 Commonwealth Avenue 
Newton, MA 02466-2716 
(617) 243-2223 
fax (617) 243-2383 

On October 21, victory was declared 
for Lasell's second multi-million dollar 
campaign in less than ten years. The 
Campaign, which was launched in 
October 2002, provided the financial 
resources necessary to build a "New" 
Bragdon, Lasell's newest residence hall 
located on the hallowed ground where 
the original Bragdon Hall stood. Since 
its opening, it has been "home" to 60 
Lasell students for the last two years. 

"We knew it would be a risk to begin 
another Campaign so closely on the 
heels of the highly successful Lasell 150, 
but it was a risk well worth taking," 
explained Cathy Black, Director of 
Major Gifts and Planned Giving. "Our 
dedicated Campaign Chair, Jean Sargent 
Lee '49, as well as several hundred of 
our alumni and friends made it a true 
success. Yet again, they have ensured 

October Dedications 

On Sunday, October 3, seven Lasell alumni and friends were honored at a public ceremony 
on the patio of the Campus Center for their outstanding philanthropy during the Campaign 
for Bragdon. Pictured above with President de Witt are (L to R) Overseer Pell "Rusty" 
Kennedy '83, Overseer Marjorie Westgate Doran '37, Overseer Joan Deshejy Patenaude '57, 
Trustee Nancy Peirce Rudolph '55, and Trustee Sue Slocum Klingbeil '45. Carolyn Wood 
Brox '59 and Overseer Thelma Greenberg Florin '54 were unfortunately unable to attend. 
Plaques were mounted in the various locations in "New" Bragdon that were named by each 
of these donors. Nearly thirty individuals, including the donors' families and friends and 
members of the Lasell community, joined the festivities, highlighted by a champagne toast 
honoring each alumna for her continued outstanding leadership giving to Lasell. 

The Office of Institutional Advancement surprised Antoinette Ruinen Stapper '56 and her 
husband Chairman of the Board Erik J. Stapper with yearbook photos (from Lasell and 
Harvard respectively) in recognition of the date jo years ago when they first met. The date 
coincided with the timing of the October Recognition Dinner. 

Lasell's place as a viable institution of 
higher learning in the 21st century." 

The Campaign was jumpstarted in 
January 2003 with a matching $1 mil- 
lion gift by Trustee Joan Weiler Arnow 
'49 and Overseer Bob Arnow. Their 
continued inspirational philanthropy 
undoubtedly encouraged our other 
alumni and friends to step to the plate 
again or, in many cases, to make first- 
time Campaign gifts. Several of them 
are featured in the October dedications 
photo below. 

The Campaign for Bragdon not only 
further strengthened Lasell's competi- 
tive position but proved that no 

fundraising challenge is too great for a 
small, co-educational institution with a 
huge entrepreneurial spirit. 

Our thanks to each and every one of you 
who supported this important endeavor 
that will benefit many future genera- 
tions of Lasell students. 

Cathy Black 

Director of Major Gifts 

and Planned Giving 

Celebrity Chefs Add Spice 
To The Taste of Lasell 

Leadership donors to Lasell College were treated to a 
special evening of culinary delights at the annual donor 
recognition dinner held Sunday, October 3, 2004 in de Witt 
Hall. The gourmet recipes were submitted by Trustee, 
Overseer, Corporator, College administrator, and Sodexho 
celebrity chefs who served up their own dishes at the event. 
Each course was served with a different wine and Lasell's 
resident sommelier Robert E. Adams (husband of Overseer 
Shirley Hannafin Adams '51) gave us a history of the wine 
and its geographic origins. If you would like to receive a 
copy of the "celebrity" recipes, contact Ruth Shuman, 
Dean for Institutional Advancement at 617/243-2140 or 

Celebrity chefs include Dean for Student Affairs Diane Austin; Dean for Lasell 
Village Paula Panchuck; Trustee RoseMary B. Fuss; Vice President for 
Business and Finance Betsey Shurtlejf Winter '70; Overseer Harriet "Honey" 
Markham Wedeman '48; President Tom de Witt; Overseer Robin Parry; 
Overseer Shirley Hannafin Adams '53; Trustee Jean Sargent Lee '4^; Chairman 
Erik J. Stapper, Overseer Lela Graham Moses '61; and Corporator Joy Stewart 
Rice '55. Not pictured: Sodexho Chefs, Jon Senecal (Lasell); Cindy Medeiro 
(Wellesley College); Alfred Milot (Executive District Chef); and Abe Fellah 
(Olin College). 


Lasell Leaves 

Spring 2005 

Bragdoil 1 1 Campaign News 

From Cathy Black: 

Two Successful Campaigns Completed 

What Next? 

ror most of the last decade, Lasell 
alumni and friends have supported two 
major capital campaigns — the Lasell 
150 and the Campaign for Bragdon — 
by contributing more than $23 million 
in gifts and pledges. 

This is a remarkable amount for a small 
institution which has been earnestly 
and actively fundraising for only the last 
18 years. Our physical plant has never 
looked better, academic programs have 
never been stronger. New residence 
halls, equipped with state-of-the-art 
technology, a new and impressive cam- 
pus center, and a handsomely renovated 
Winslow Academic Center each add 
enormously to the overall student expe- 
rience. Without these two campaigns, 
Lasell would not be the competitive, 
entrepreneurial college that it is today. 
No wonder student applications are at 
an all-time high! 

However, the need for major philan- 
thropic support does not end with the 
success of these campaigns. If anything, 
the need is greater than ever if we are to 
remain a cutting-edge and competitive 
institution. There are always projects 
and programs that faculty and staff 

Giving & Receiving 

would like to see implemented if the 
funding was available. You can person- 
ally help make a difference at Lasell 
College. Below is a partial "wish list" 
of new funding opportunities for 
your consideration. 

These initiatives can be funded by 
outright gifts of cash or appreciated 
securities. Those entries that are annual 
expenses could also be funded through 
an endowment gift. Gifts over $5,000 
can be paid out over several years, if 
necessary. If you would like information 
about additional funding opportunities, 
do not hesitate to let me know. We will 
feature different funding priorities in 
each issue of Leaves. 

Ironically, during my annual fundrais- 
ing trip to Florida in February, several 
people asked me about new opportuni- 
ties for major support. Our alumni and 
friends are clearly excited by what they 
have done, are proud of Lasell, and 
want to do more. I hope this list will 
serve as "food for thought." As always, 
please remember that our Annual Fund 
is still the number one fundraising 
priority at Lasell because it supports 
annual operating expenses. If you are 

Making a Gift of Stock to Lasell 

Many alumni choose to make their gifts to Lasell by donating appreciated 
securities. If you wish to make a gift of stock by electronic transfer to Lasell 
College, in support of any fundraising program, it is very important that you or 
your broker contact the Lasell College Office of Institutional Advancement. This is 
the ONLY way we can assure that the right donor is given credit for his/her gift. 
Unfortunately, when gifts are sent electronically, the donor's name is not included 
and privacy laws prevent us from obtaining this information other than from the 
donor or broker directly. Call either Cathy Black, Director of Major Gifts & Planned 
Giving (617-243-2223) or Noni Linton, Director of Annual Giving (617-243-2165) 
BEFORE making a stock gift. 

Making a Gift to Lasell by Credit Card 

If you wish to make your gift to Lasell College using your MasterCard, Visa, or 
American Express card, please note that we now require an additional code from 
your credit card in order to process your gift. The use of this code assures a 
greater level of security. For MasterCard and Visa cards, the code is the last 
three digits shown on the signature line on the back of your card. American 
Express cards show the four-digit security code on the front of the card above 
the last set of numbers. If you have questions, please call Jeanne Johnsen, 
Director of Support Services (617-243-2341) or Noni Linton, Director of Annual 
Giving (617-243-2165). 

able, we hope that you will consider 
supporting one or several of these 
"wish list" items in addition to your 
annual support to the College. 

I am happy to discuss our "wish list" 
in more detail and encourage you to 
contact me at 617-243-2223 or We wholeheartedly 
thank you, who have supported Lasell 
in a major way, and for those who are 
still wondering how to help, we hope 
your alma mater's funding priority 
list will encourage your consideration 
and participation in supporting this 
dynamic institution. 

Funding Priorities Wish List 

Scholarship funding for undergraduate and 
graduate tuition, and study abroad programs 


Climate-controlled storage for antique 
clothing collection 


Replacement van for the Center 
for Community-Based Learning 


Professional development fund 
for College staff 


Furniture for archives expansion, 
library and staff lounge 


Technology costs to create seven 
"smart" classrooms 

$10,000 each 

Graduate student lounge furnishings 


Air conditioning for computer 
server room 


Computers for the Barn classrooms 


Community partner teaching fund 
(support for stipends for $5,000 per year 
for community partner professionals to 
co-teach service learning units) 

$5,000 per year 

ESU21 Plasma board for 

Information Desk (Funded)* 


Design costs to advertise Lasell College 
and its visual history on four College vans 

$3,000 per year 

Funds to underwrite the 
"Emerging Leaders" Program 

New camera for Sargent classroom 

Smart board for coaches meeting room 

Artwork for the Edwards Student 
Center and the new Campus Center 

$2,500 per year 




* Through the generosity of Clara Silsby Lamperti '50, the plasma board was funded 
as Leaves went to press. "I wanted to support one of Lasell' s current needs in memory 
of my two classmates, Joan Koch Ryan '50 and Lois Form Senft '50, " Clara explains. 

Spring 2005 

Lasell Leaves I Q 

Annual Fund 

From Noni Linton: 

Reach For A Star 

Annual Fund Office 

1884 Commonwealth Av 
Newton, MA 02466-271 
(617) 243-2165 
Fax: (617) 243-2383 

Hello Lasell Alumni: 

Something new is showing up at Lasell 
events. Lasell's STARS program is 
"going public." You have probably 
noticed that whenever you attend a 
Lasell College event you and any guest 
you bring are given nametags to wear. 
If you are on campus for Reunion 
Weekend you are given a more durable 
nametag to last throughout the week- 
end. Starting this year, your nametag 
might be decorated with a gold star, as 
those of you who attended the February 
events in Florida noticed. Why do some 
have stars and some do not? What do 
they mean? 

For the past two years, Lasell's STARS 
program has quietly indicated with a * 
in the 'President's Report on the Year,' 
all donors to the Lasell College Annual 
Fund who have contributed for ten or 
more consecutive years. So, a Lasell 
STAR is defined as anyone (alumnus, 
parent, faculty member, staff member, 
or friend) who has given a gift of any 
amount to the Annual Fund for that 

time period (ten consecutive years). 
This year we decided to celebrate our 
STARS by placing a gold star on the 
nametags of every Lasell donor who has 
attained this milestone. Thus, whenever 
they attend any College function at the 
Lasell campus or on the road, attendees 
will recognize our Lasell STARS. 

Why are we doing this? Although we 
continually try to emphasize the impor- 
tance of every gift of any size in order 
to increase participation in the Annual 
Fund, the need for increasing our donor 
numbers cannot be overstated. Most 
colleges and universities have annual 
fund programs similar to the Lasell 
College Annual Fund. Most of them 
also must seek additional funds for 
major projects - often approaching 
charitable foundations for grants. To 
successfully compete for foundation 
grants, the institutions provide back- 
ground information, including donor 
participation rates for their various 
fundraising programs. Strong participa- 
tion from alumni, for example, indicates 
that the former students of the institution 

believe in their alma mater and support 
its mission. This is a very important 
part of the grant application process. 

This year, Lasell STARS numbered 769 
donors, or 31 percent of the 2003-2004 
donors. Some of these STARS have sup- 
ported the Annual Fund for more than 
20 years! This kind of loyalty deserves 
to be recognized. So, all of you Lasell 
STARS will find a gold star on any 
Lasell College nametag you are given 
to wear at a Lasell event. Please wear it 
proudly, knowing that you are the STARS 
of the Lasell College Annual Fund. And 
those of you who haven't yet reached 
STARdom, you can become one too, 
with your 'annual' gift to the Lasell 
College Annual Fund. 

Thank you, Lasell STARS and 

Noni Linton 

Director of Annual Giving 

Planned Giving 

Bequests: Leaving a Legacy 

#Vs you may recall, in the last edition 
of Leaves, we profiled several of our 
bequest donors of the last two years. 
Through their foresight, they chose to 
support Lasell by making a provision 
in their will or trust to support the 
College at their deaths. We are pleased 
to continue this series of bequest donor 
profiles. It is fascinating to research the 
stories of these women, who may come 
from different backgrounds and inter- 
ests, but have the common thread of a 
great love and respect for their alma 
mater and the desire to help ensure 
that future students have the same ful- 
filling Lasell experiences that they did. 

Together, our featured donors 
bequeathed more than $150,000 to 
Lasell. We hope they inspire you to 
consider bequest support as part of 
your philanthropic planning. For more 
information or to request a bequest 
language handout, please call or e- 
mail Cathy Black at 617-243-2223 or 

Dorothy Young 
Heath '30 Dorothy 
received her degree 
in general studies. 
While at Lasell, she 
was a member of 
the Orphean and 
Glee Clubs and Athletic Association. 
Upon graduation, Dorothy married 
Milan Heath, President and CEO of 
Massachusetts Casualty Company, and 
had three sons. She also modeled and 
worked in the retail industry, including 
Filene's and Arthur Johnson's clothing 
store in Duxbury, MA. Her hobbies and 
interests included golfing and gardening 
and a lifelong passion for fashion and 
fashion trends. Dorothy's sister Carolyn 
Young Cate '36 and sister-in-law, Barbara 
Heath Ramsey '35, both deceased, also 
attended Lasell. In addition, Dorothy was 
a loyal philanthropist during her life- 
time. She made a joint gift with her sis- 
ter and sister-in-law to Lasell in the 
1980s to support management and 
entrepreneurial studies for women. 
Dorothy passed away in February, 2004 
at the age of 93 and bequeathed Lasell 

Portia "Par 
Elizabeth Kieser '40 

Pat, a distant rela- 
tive of President 
Martin Van Buren, 
received her degree 
in administration 
and was a "dayhop". She participated in 
the Orphean, Glee, and Camera Clubs 
and was Editor of Leaves. She continued 
post-graduate studies at Lasell for anoth- 
er year before becoming one of the first 
women to serve in the WAVES where 
she worked as a weather forecaster. Pat 
then continued her education and 
received a B.S. from Carnegie Institute 
of Technology. She worked briefly at 
Owens-Corning Corporation, writing 
and editing technical publications and 
served as a member of the Northwest 
Ohio Industrial Council. She then went 
back to Carnegie Institute and received 
her master's in Library Science and 
became a corporate librarian for the 
Libby-Owens-Ford Company in Toledo, 
OH for the next twenty years. Pat 
retired in the early 1980s but still 
kept active as a research assistant and 
volunteer. She was a member of the 
Daughters of the American Revolution 
and traveled and hiked extensively 
throughout the United States. She 
passed away in May, 2003 at the age of 
82 and bequeathed Lasell $126,000. 

Michelle B. Hires 

'48 A member of 
the Hires Root Beer 
family, Michelle 
received her degree 
in art. She helped 
organize a number 
of social events popular at Lasell during 
the 1940s, including the Snowball, May 
Cotillion and La Fiesta. Upon gradua- 
tion, she relocated to Santa Monica, CA 
where she worked for Papermate as a 
design artist for a number of years. She 
then moved to San Luis Obispo, CA 
where she also became a design artist 
for the county. Her final years were 
spent in North Carolina. Michelle's true 
passion was art and she was a master of 
the LeRoy lettering system as well as an 
accomplished cartoonist. Other hobbies 
included music and stock investments. 
She passed away in January, 2003 at the 
age of 76 and bequeathed $19,000. » 

2 O Lasell Leaves 

Spring 2005 

Lasell Village 

Week-Long Celebration Planned 

Lasell Village Reaches Its Fifth Anniversary 

The buildings of Lasell Village spread over 13 acres. 

Lasell Village was ten years in the 
making and its completion marked 
many "firsts," both for the College and 
for the lifelong learning opportunities 
available to adults of retirement age. 
When residents unpacked their 
belongings into their just-completed 
apartments in May 2000, no one was 

fully aware of the many new and cre- 
ative ways Villagers would be integrated 
into the community-at-large. Five years 
later, residents are not only taking 
classes, they are teaching them, and the 
Village has received national attention 
because of its stature as the first-of-its- 
kind educational retirement community. 

The Village has also reached out to 
the Newton community by hosting 
conferences, a speaker series titled 
"Here's to Good Health: Tools for 
Well-Being," and co-sponsoring three 
successive "Senior Expos" that bring 
together organizations interested in 
seniors, their families, caregivers, 
and health professionals. "Community 
education is part of the College's 
19 91 Land Use Agreement regarding 
the role of the Village," explains 
Dean Paula Panchuck, "and we 
are always open to ways to expand 
this commitment." 

In 2001, The Center for Research 
on Aging and Intergenerational 
Studies (CRAIS) was created to comple- 
ment the educational program and 
mission of Lasell Village. "The Center's 
purpose is to engage in research on 
age-appropriate activities, lifestyles, 
and proactive wellness programs to 
extend our limited knowledge about 
the elderly," explains Center Director 
Dr. Mark Sciegaj. 

In 2003, the Center was renamed the 
RoseMary B. Fuss Center for Research 
on Aging and Intergenerational studies 
in honor of Trustee RoseMary B. Fuss, 
long an unstinting and special friend 
of the College. With her enthusiastic 
participation, the Center supported 
"The Living Documents" project which 
brought together teams of undergradu- 
ates with village residents to develop 
computer-based personal histories. 

At the official ribbon cutting for the 
Village opening, Newton Mayor David 
B. Cohen joked, "How many of you lied 
about your age to get in here?" As the 
long waiting list for apartments contin- 
ues to grow even as ground is about to 
be broken for the Village's 16th build- 
ing, the question seems less facetious. 
After five years it is apparent that Lasell 
Village has set the pace and changed the 
face of retirement living. « 

How to Live a Long and Healthy Life 

Dr. Margery Silver Will Speak on 
"The Secrets of Centenarians" 

Dr. Margery Silver. 

i think of them as the bonus years," 
says Dr. Margery Silver when she refers 
to the 20 or 30 years beyond traditional 
retirement age that centenarians enjoy. 
"My research with Boston Medical 
Center's New England Centenarian 
Study revealed exciting surprises about 
the health, life styles, and cognitive 
abilities of people in this age group. As 
baby boomers age, our concept of what 
is old has shifted and we have much to 
learn from active centenarians." 

On Friday, May 13, as part of Lasell 
Village's fifth year celebration, and 
sponsored by the RoseMary B. Fuss 
Center for Research on Aging and 

Intergenerational Studies, Dr. Silver will 
talk on "The Secrets of Centenarians: 
Living Long and Living Well." A neu- 
ropsychologist and Assistant Professor 
of Neurology at Boston University 
School of Medicine, she has been 
involved in the study of centenarians 
since 1994. 

Working with Dr. Thomas Perls at the 
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center 
and Harvard Medical School, in 1999 
she co-authored "Living to 100: Lessons 
in Living to Your Maximum Potential at 
any Age," a book that has been pub- 
lished in five languages. Dr. Silver has 
also appeared on the Oprah Winfrey 
Show, the Today Show, Dateline, and 
the Discovery Channel. 

Four years ago, Dr. Silver and her 
husband, Bob, moved to Lasell Village 
because of its dedication to lifelong 
learning. "If s a supportive community 
that is full of vitality and intelligence, 
qualities that define centenarians," 
she says. '»>' 

At the Wedeman Art Gallery 

Work of Five Village Artists Shown 

At the opening of the Village Art Show, visitors crowd around Rose Shechet Miller's bust of 
Eleanor Roosevelt. 

n a bright Sunday afternoon, the 
Wedeman Art Gallery was crowded with 
visitors for the opening of the Village 
Art Show. Five artists were represented 
and the work included sculpture, 
stained glass, paintings, and drawings. 

The playful butternut wood sea otters by 
Joyce Porter were exhibited posthumous- 
ly. Joyce lived at the Village for four 
years and her many friends treasure her 
work, which keeps her memory alive. 

After retiring from a career in physics, 
Dan Pomerantz concentrated on a life- 
long hobby in assemblage, using found 
materials and driftwood from the beach 
of his summer home on Cape Cod. 

This resulted in a motley assortment of 
mostly humanoid shapes and forms, 
with puzzling tides. 

There was an international flavor to 
some of the works. Sally Kabat has trav- 
eled all over the world, which has given 
her many subjects to draw and paint 
while Ruth Eckstein has had 45 individ- 
ual shows in the United States, Europe, 
and Peru. 

Rose Shechet Miller knew at age nine 
that she wanted to be an artist. Her 
recent work is in landscape in two- 
and three- dimensions. Her bust of 
Eleanor Roosevelt always had a crowd 
around it. %' 

Spring 2005 

Lasell Leaves 21 

SpOrtS News 

Message from the Athletic Director 

Office of Athletics 

1844 Commonwealth Avenue 
Newton, MA 02466-2716 
(617) 243-2147 
fax (617) 243-2037 

The 2004-2005 season have seen 
some major milestones for both the 
athletic department staff and students. 

Three coaches have reached the 100 career 
win mark this year. Bob McKinley, former 
head softball coach, reached 100 wins in 
May during his final softball season and 
was the first coach in Lasell history to 
reach this mark. Coach McKinley led the 
Lasers to one NAC Championship and 
three NAC tournaments during his tenure. 

Head Women's Volleyball Coach Mary 
Tom reached 100 wins this season as 
she led her team to the NAC Finals in 
November. Coach Tom will return in the 
fall of 2005 as she is determined to bring 
the NAC championship banner back to 
Lasell. She led the Lasers to back-to-back 
NAC Championships in 2000 and 2001. 

In February, Head Men's Basketball 
Coach Chris Harvey reached his 100th 
win in a 67-57 wi 11 over Newbury 
College, and finished the season with 
103 wins overall. 

Two students have also reached 
milestones in their careers here as 
student-athletes. Demetrius Dejesus '05 
(Bronx, NY) and Greg Walker '05 
(Lauderhill, FL) reached the 1,000 
career point mark this year while 
leading the Lasers to a 19-9 overall 
record. They became the 7th and 8th 
Lasell College student-athletes to reach 
this milestone. 

The Athletic Department continues to 
grow, with over 200 student-athletes in 

the fall of 2004. As we expand and 
strive to improve, we look forward to 
more milestones from both student- 
athletes and staff. 


Kristy Walter 
Athletic Director 

Nine Lasell Student-Athletes 
Named to NAC All-Academic Team 

Congratulations go to the following students who were named to the North 
Atlantic Conference Fall All-Academic Team. The criteria for this honor are 
junior standing, a minimum grade point average of 3.5, and participation of 
at least two years on a varsity team. 

Samantha Billington '06, 

Cross Country 

Allegra DeLuca '05, 

Women's Soccer 

Jamie Doron '05, 

Women's Soccer 

Heidi Hanna '05, 

Field Hockey 

Julie Losordo '05, 
Field Hockey 

Tarah Martell '05, 

Field Hockey 

Colleen Noonan '05, 

Cross Country 

Wendy Riddle '06, 

Women's Volleyball 

Nerissa Tucker '05, 

Field Hockey 

Mike DeWire '06 sprints after the ball. 

Men's Soccer 

Overall Record: 11-8-1 
Conference Record: 7-2-0 

lnr hen describing the 2004 soccer 
team, Head Coach Giovanni Pacini says, 
"It was a tale of two seasons. We had a 
large group of very, very talented fresh- 
men entering the program and it took 
them a little time to gain momentum. 
But through hard work and persistence, 
and aided by the experience of the 

upper classmen, the team quickly 
rebounded from some initial losses." 

The Lasers cruised through the first two 
rounds of the North Atlantic Conference 
play-off and the final contest came when 
they met Casdeton State College for the 
championship. After 120 minutes of 
regulation play neither team had scored, 
forcing the contest to be decided by penal- 
ty kicks and Castieton's eventual win. 

With only two seniors graduating 
(Captains Matt Denham and Mike 
Petrucelli) and with 10 freshmen and six 
sophomores returning in 2005, next 
year's season looks bright, e 

Laurel Saia '08 in the heat of battle. 

Women's Soccer 

Overall Record: 7-8-3 
Conference Record: 6-4-2 

The team had an exciting season that 
culminated in an NAC quarter final 
match against Bay Path College that 
went into double overtime after Ashley 
Matthews '05 scored the equalizing goal 
in the 59th minute of regulation play. 
There were 40 more minutes of score- 

less play before Bay Path finally found 
the back of the net. 

Throughout the fall, many players 
made valuable contributions. Receiving 
conference honors were Katie 
Gryckiewicz '07 who was named to 
the All-NAC Second Team and Sarah 
Phillips '05 who received an All-NAC 
Honorable Mention. 

Next year 18 players will be returning, 
so the team will be experienced and 
ready for play. » 

22 Lasell Leaves 

Spring 2005 

SportS News 

Janette Struzzieri '05 concentrates on 
her shot. 

Field Hockey 

Overall Record: 22-16 
Conference Record: 19-6 

Im very proud of every player on this 
year's team," says Head Coach Jessica 
King. "With our mental toughness we 
accomplished a lot of great things." 

The highlights of the season were a 
first-ever win over Becker College, and a 

double overtime win against Elms 
College. That dramatic victory secured 
Lasell its first home NAC play-off game 
and the fourth seed in the tournament. 

Senior Heidi Hanna led the team in 
overall points for the fourth straight 
year and was named to the All-NAC 
Second Team. Rookie forward Katie 
Bryer '08 was named NAC Player of the 

Week twice during the season. Rachel 
Johnson '08 was named NAC Rookie 
of the Year by the conference coaches 
because of her outstanding play. 

Lasell has several key players returning 
and will continue to work in the off-sea- 
son to reach their 2005 goals, "m 

Women's Volleyball 

Overall Record: 22-11 
Conference Record: 9-0 

This year's team was the most talent- 
ed that I have coached since taking the 
head coach position in 1997," states 
Mary Tom. The team advanced to the 
NAC conference final which was a 
rematch of last year's championship 
against Mt. Ida College. 

Angele Lavoie '07 and Allison Bianco 
'08 were both named to the All-NAC 
First Team and Wendy Riddle '06 and 
Katelyn Rasich '08 were named to the 
All-NAC Second Team. Bianco was also 
honored as the NAC Rookie of the Year. 
Coach Tom was named NAC Coach of 
the Year. « 

Cross Country 

The year started with two full rosters 
for both the men's and women's teams 
and they enjoyed many fine perform- 
ances. The highlight of the season was 
the Blazer Invitational, where both 
squads took first place honors. All five 
male runners placed in the top 20, earn- 
ing the team championship. With four 

women placing within the top ten, they 
garnered the championship as well. 

In the women's five kilometer race that 
day, Michelle Brush '07 established a 
new course record, clocking in a 
winning time of 19:19. ¥ 

Dan Schweitzer '06 reaches high. 

Men's Basketball 

Overall Record: 19-9 
Conference Record: 12-1 

This year we had an extremely tough 
schedule, facing a vastly improved 
North Atlantic Conference and also 
meeting regional and national powers 
Amherst, Williams and our 2004 NCAA 
tournament opponent Trinity College," 
says Head Coach Chris Harvey. "We 
made a strong run, and although we 

were not able to win our fourth straight 
conference title, we did earn a fifth seed 
in the ECAC Tournament. I'm very 
proud of the way the team played." 

Demetrius Dejesus '05 was named the 
NAC Player of the Year and he became 
the current all-time leading scorer for 
Lasell with 1,574 career points. Gregory 
Walker '05 was named to the All-NAC 
First Team, and Maxwell Perez '07 was 

named to the All-NAC Second Team. 
Walker also broke the 1000 point barrier 
in the game against Amherst. He became 
the eighth Laser to reach this mark. 

The Laser roster included several new 
faces: Ronelson Lovaincy '08, Daniel 
Schweitzer '06 and Jaime Crawford '08. 
With a year's experience under their 
belt, their contributions should be even 
greater in 2005. '« 

Women's Basketball 

Christina DeLuca '08 prepares to shoot. 

Overall Record: n-14 
Conference Record: 7-10 

I he team had a solid season, pooling 
their talent and staying together in the 
face of tough competition," says Coach 
Stephanie Tobey. 

Mandi Rapisardi '06 anchored the front 
court and was named to the All-NAC 
Second Team. She was consistently 
backed up by Courtney Casserly '07 and 
Tara Egan '08, who both shot very well 
from the floor. Freshman Christina 
DeLuca went to double digits in several 
games and added to the team's successes. 

"We are looking forward to doing great 
things next year," says Coach Tobey. ^ 

Men's Volleyball 


Sophomore Dwayne Cartagena prepares 
to serve. 

Overall Record: 2-17 
Conference Record: 2-16 

This was Head Coach Jonah Mytro's 
first season and, as the months pro- 
gressed, he and his young team learned 
together. There were three freshmen 
faces on the squad's roster: Bol Anyoun, 
Felipe Shum, and Sean McCullen. 
Junior James Dunn was the most 
experienced team member and he, 
Dwayne Cartagena '07, and Scott Penna 
'07 took leading offensive rolls in the 
last home game against Mount Ida that 
turned out to be a marathon match. 

After an intense season, the players are 
looking forward to 2006. e 

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Men's Lacrosse 2005 



9 Saturday WNEC* 


16 Saturday @ Wheaton College* 

20 Wednesday @ MIT* 

23 Saturday BABSON COLLEGE* 


28 Thursday @ Norwich University 




* Indicates Pilgrim League conference game 

Head Coach: Tim Dunton (3rd year) 

Assistant Coaches: Jeff Maciorowski (3rd Year), Daryl Goodwin (3rd Year) 

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26 Tuesday 

* Indicates NEWLA Conference game 

Head Coach: Erin DeFuria (ist year) 

Softball 2005 


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CUNY - Lehman (2) 

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@ Thomas College * 

@ Univ. of Maine Farmington* (2) - 

@ Lesley University* (2) 

@ Fitchburg State College (1) 

@ Wheelock College* (2) 


NAC Quarter-finals 

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NAC Finals 

Head Coach: Tom Defilippo (7th year) 
Assistant Coach: Wendi Defilippo (ist year) 


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